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U.S.-Led Indo-Pacific Bloc to Convene in Show of Unity to China

  • Quad group brings together U.S., India, Japan and Australia
  • China’s minister has called it a “headline-grabbing idea”
Toshimitsu Motegi
Toshimitsu MotegiPhotographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg
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Japan will host a meeting next week of the foreign ministers of four of the Indo-Pacific region’s biggest democracies, in the so-called Quad group seen as a counter to China’s influence in the region.

The Oct. 6 forum in Tokyo will bring together U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and India’s Subrahmanyam Jaishankar to discuss issues including the coronavirus pandemic and the regional situation, Motegi told a news conference on Tuesday.