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`Quad' summit backs `democratic' Indo-Pacific region, cites Chinese `aggression' | SCMP |

US President Joe Biden and the leaders of three major Asia-Pacific countries, an alliance known as the "Quad", discussed "aggression" and "coercion" against members of the group by China, while agreeing to cooperate on development of 5G and other advanced technologies, in their first summit meeting on Friday.

Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, meeting by means of large flat-screen televisions, discussed China's "coercion of Australia, their harassment around the Senkaku Islands, their aggression on the border with India", US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in a briefing in Washington after the talks.

A statement issued by the group called for the region to be "anchored by democratic values" - and for freedom of navigation and overflight as key objectives - while avoiding any direct reference to China. They also announced a "Quad Vaccine Partnership", which will provide financing and other assistance to manufacture and distribute Covid-19 vaccines, a move that comes as Washington faces criticism for hoarding the protective jabs.

U.S., India, Japan and Australia counter China with billion-dose vaccine pact | Reuters |

Europe left hanging in a void as the U.K. and US part ways to serve their citizens and interests first. Biden's appeal for multilateralism on its terms.

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