Biden renews 'Quad' with allies despite Beijing pressure

Washington (AFP) – The United States announced talks for Thursday with Australia, India and Japan, with President Joe Biden renewing the alliance of the so-called “Quad” in defiance of warnings from China. The State Department said that Secretary of State Antony Blinken will speak virtually with the foreign ministers of the three nations, with the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change on the agenda. “These discussions with the Quad foreign ministers is critical to advancing our shared goals of a free and open Indo-Pacific and rising to the defining challenges of our times,” State Department spo…

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