PUBLISHED: 00:26, Wed, Oct 7, 2020 | UPDATED: 00:26, Wed, Oct 7, 2020
The comments were made during a gathering of foreign ministers from Japan, India and Australia, collectively known as ‘The Quad’, in Tokyo. As China’s regional ambitious have become increasingly assertive The Quad has become increasingly active in resisting them.
Beijing has been fiercely critical of the group describing it as a “exclusive clique”.
On Twitter Mr Pompeo commented: “Looking forward to discussing increased cooperation to promote our shared vision for a free and open #IndoPacific, composed of nations that are independent, strong, and prosperous.”
In response to the meeting Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry, said: “We hope relevant countries can proceed from the common interests of countries in the region, and do more things that are conducive to regional peace, stability and development, not the other way around.”
China has clashed with a number of its neighbours, as well as rival regional powers, over territorial disputes during the past few months.
China attacked The Quad alliance as an 'Exclusive Clique' (Image: GETTY)
Foreign Ministers from The Quad met in Tokyo (Image: GETTY)
In June 20 Indian soldiers were killed in hand-to-hand fighting with their Chinese counterparts in the disputed Ladakh territory.
The two sides fought with metal bars, clubs and rocks as firearms have been banned close to the border.
However, just months later both China and India accused the other of firing live rounds during a second border clash, though there were no reports of casualties.
Many of the Indian dead either drowned or died from exposure after being wounded.
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The Quad is an informal alliance of America, Japan, India and Australia (Image: GETTY)
There were reportedly also a significant number of Chinese casualties, but Beijing hasn’t released an exact