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Quad vows to work with ASEAN and Europe in first Biden-era meeting

Foreign ministers commit to free and open Indo-Pacific with eye on China

Members of the Royal Australian Air Force, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, the Indian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force join the U.S. Navy for the annual Sea Dragon multilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam on Jan. 28. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

TOKYO/NEW YORK -- Four weeks after the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden, the top diplomats of the U.S., Japan, Australia and India met by phone Thursday for the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or Quad, signaling that the grouping of like-minded democracies will remain a crucial policymaking platform for the Indo-Pacific region.

The 90-minute conference call, which Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi described in a tweet as "an extremely in-depth discussion," saw Motegi and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar discuss Myanmar, the East and South China seas, North Korea, COVID-19, and climate change.

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