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The Convenient Rewriting of the History of the 'Quad'

In responding to China's rise, we should remember our experience of a decade ago

| Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands
The current conservative government of Australia shares Japan's commitment to the Quad.   © Reuters

The rise of China and its changing military behavior in the East and South China Seas have prompted many debates among America's friends and allies across the Asia-Pacific region about how to respond.

The so-called "Quad," comprising the region's major democracies of Japan, India, Australia and the U.S., has figured prominently in these discussions as a classic geostrategic tool of "offshore balancing" against Beijing.

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