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South Korea seeks to attend Quad summit as observer in May

President-elect Yoon weighs separate talks with Kishida and Biden in Japan

President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol visits Camp Humphreys, an American military base in South Korea, on April 7. Yoon had called for cooperation with the U.S. and Japan during his campaign.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol has unofficially approached the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue about attending the group's upcoming summit in Japan as an observer, a high-ranking government official told Nikkei, as the incoming leader pursues stronger ties with Tokyo and Washington.

The Quad, which consists of the U.S., Japan, India and Australia, serves as a counterweight to growing Chinese clout in the Indo-Pacific region. Its leaders plan to meet during a trip by U.S. President Joe Biden to Japan in late May.

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