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As Biden pivots focus back to Asia, call made to reassure Xi

Leaders agree on avoiding accidental clashes as Quad set to meet next week

Chinese President Xi Jinping  shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden inside the Great Hall of the People in 2013.   © Reuters

BEIJING/WASHINGTON/NEW YORK -- The Biden administration looks set to put the diplomatic focus back on the Indo-Pacific and especially China, after a grueling month that was absorbed almost entirely by Afghanistan.

Key in this effort will be next week's first in-person summit of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue taking place in Washington, with outgoing Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison attending along with President Joe Biden.

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