U.S., Australia, India, Japan meet to discuss "stable Indo-Pacific"

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US President Joe Biden has intensified his efforts to make pacts with Asia-Pacific countries in the face of a rising China. Biden sat down with the leaders of Australia, India and Japan in the first in-person summit at the White House where they agreed on a stable and democratic Indo-Pacific. The leaders of the Quad group discussed regional challenges in a veiled dig at rival China although it was not mentioned. They called the group a practical initiative to confront pressures and challenges. US officials later stressed that the group is not a military alliance. China was quick to react, saying the bloc is doomed to fail. The Quad meeting marked another US step to reviving its focus on diplomatic efforts after its recent controversial security pact with Australia. That move was also immediately denounced by China, and France.

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