'Quad' meeting in Tokyo prizes symbolism over substance
The Japan Times
With China the elephant in the room, just showing up may have been part, if not the main point, of the dialogue for the U.S., Japan, India and Australia.
Quad advocates have long argued that—unlike ASEAN-led institutions—the smaller group of maritime democracies would be more than just a talk shop. But Quad countries still don’t agree on what the Quad should do. They can’t even agree on a joint statement.