@CleoPaskal: The trilateral workings of India, Japan and the US don't quite include the decade-old Quad, since Australia is not really in this due to concern about Chinese money influencing political activities inside Australia.
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Cleo Paskal, visiting Trudeau Fellow, University of Montreal, and associate Fellow, Chatham House, reports that Mattis and Pompeo were in Delhi in September; signed agreements. Note the US-India-Japan alliance. India is being given a lot of latitude – it’s developing an Iranian poet – because it's seen as a critical factor in Asian development. Began as a bilateral with Trump and Abe, then expanded into a trilateral to include Modi. Japan also got a waiver for importation of Iranian oil. Need to take into account the economic realities of some of the counties. Not part of the decade-old Quad; Australia is not quite in this: concern about Chinese money influencing political activities inside Australia. Australia and PNG. At the core of the Quad, is it truly [joint] agreements, or a group of bilaterals? https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/trump-to-have-trilateral-meeting-with-modi-abe-at-g20/articleshow/66837470.cms