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Japan and Australia reinforce Quad bond in message to Biden

US president-elect's Asia strategy has region on its toes

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, left, and Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga agreed on security cooperation for a "free, open" Indo-Pacific in Tuesday's summit.   © Reuters

TOKYO/SYDNEY -- Before his summit here Tuesday with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison took time to speak with Suga's predecessor, Shinzo Abe, the architect of the "free and open Indo-Pacific" concept.

The meeting signaled the importance of the idea, which gained traction under U.S. President Donald Trump. The increased maritime activity of China revived the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or Quad, between the U.S., Japan, India and Australia.

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