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Quad needs 'standing force' in Indo-Pacific: ex-U.S. Navy chief

Gary Roughead calls for four-nation group to rotate command

Ships from Quad members Japan and India sail in a formation with Australian and U.S. vessels during exercises in 2021.   © U.S. Navy

TOKYO -- The Quad security grouping of the U.S., Japan, Australia and India should have a standing maritime force, the former U.S. chief of naval operations said on Friday, calling for stronger engagement in the Indo-Pacific region to counter China.

The Quad, formally the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, is widely seen as a buffer against Beijing's growing economic and military influence. Unlike NATO, however, it is not a military alliance.

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