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Biden hosts Australian, Indian, Japanese leaders for Quad summit

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Washington (AFP) – President Joe Biden on Friday deepens his bid to cement US leadership of the Indo-Pacific against a rising China with the first in-person summit of the regional Quad group. Meeting in the White House, Biden and the leaders of Australia, India and Japan will discuss a Covid vaccines drive, regional infrastructure, climate change and securing supply chains for the semiconductors used in computer technology. While China is not officially on the agenda, the Quad will stress backing for a “free and open Indo-Pacific,” a senior US official told reporters. That’s a phrase often sta…

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