• In September 2021, AUKUS – a trilateral security partnership among Australia (AU), the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US) was announced. The member countries announced their commitment to ensuring a free and open Indo-pacific region. There are fears that AUKUS may overshadow Quad (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue formed by United States, India, Japan and Australia) because Quad too aimed at countering China’s increasing influence in the Indo-pacific region.

AUKUS vs Quad:

  • AUKUS is a trilateral military pact among AU, UK, US to support each other in security and defence interests, whereas Quad is a non-military entity. Quad is an informal grouping.
  • The goals of AUKUS and Quad are completely different. AUKUS was formed for cooperation in security and defence interests. Member countries of AUKUS announced their commitment to ensuring a free and open Indo-pacific. On the other hand, Quad countries pledged to work on the most urgent global challenges such as covid-19 vaccination, climate change, counterterrorism, disaster relief etc. The member countries are supporting each other in tackling these issues.
  • There are fears that AUKUS may overshadow Quad. But some are of the opinion that it won’t happen because both have completely different purposes. Only time will tell whether one of them overshadows another.


AUKUS may not diminish Quad, rather it can complement Quad in countering China’s growing economic, political, and military influence in the Indo-pacific region.

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  • Vivek Kumar Thakur, Mar 15, 2023 @ 7:03 pm Reply

    Quad is for multiple purposes to counter china in South China sea. But China see it as Asia NATO like
    Aukus is security alliance to counter china

  • Aayushi Mahna, Feb 15, 2022 @ 1:11 pm Reply

    QUAD is basically a strategic partnership which helps the member countries to counter issues at hand such as COVID – 19 vaccination etc. It also aims to promote science and technology sharing among member countries and to strengthen education as in this year’s Quad meeting member countries announced a fellowship for 100 students who wish to study in various disciplines and the member countries along with major conglomerates will bear the cost. Although it also aims to counter China in Indo-Pacific but its sole aim is not that.
    Whereas AUKUS is based on security partnership between Australia, UK and US and it is basically formed to counter China in south and east China sea.
    Moreover AUKUS will ultimately prove to be beneficial for quad itself and will not overshadow it.

  • SamarthS, Dec 21, 2021 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    In my view, both AUKUS AND QUAD are working equally in their respective fields and will definitely help in improving the atmosphere in the Indo-Pacific. AUKUS might not overwhelm QUAD as both have different areas of work to focus, time may only tell us what’s situation we arrive at.

  • Saurabh Singh Gusain, Nov 2, 2021 @ 10:36 pm Reply

    I want simple and crystal clear answers please

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