Biden to meet virtually with leaders of Japan, India, Australia

By David Brunnstrom and Michael Martina WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden will hold an online meeting on Friday with the leaders of Japan, India and Australia, the White House said on Tuesday, the first leader-level meeting of a four-country group seen as part of efforts to balance China’s growing military and economic power. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the meeting of the “Quad” countries showed the importance placed by Biden on U.S. allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. A range of issues facing the global community was expected to be discussed “from the thre…

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