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Kishida includes Quad, China in first calls; South Korea on hold

New Japanese leader wants Biden to be his first in-person meeting

TOKYO -- The Quad security alliance took center stage in new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's first phone calls with foreign leaders, leaving South Korea in the cold.

Kishida spoke first with U.S. President Joe Biden, followed by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, both on Oct. 5. He talked with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday before participating later that day in a teleconference with all three of them, bringing together the leaders of the Quad nations.

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