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'Free and open Indo-Pacific' can be no more than a slogan

Allies must not rule out possibility of peaceful coexistence

| East Asia
Anthony Albanese, Joe Biden and Narendra Modi are greeted by Fumio Kishida during the Quad leaders summit in Tokyo on May 24: The religious bigotry of Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party has not made the Indian prime minister a pariah.   © AP

Robert Dujarric is co-director of the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies at the Japan campus of Temple University in Tokyo.

More and more Tokyo, Washington and other Western capitals have been playing up the faceoff between the "free and open Indo-Pacific," liberalism and democracy and the autocracy of Beijing and Moscow.

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