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Quad leaders to agree on vaccine aid to counter China influence

Discussion will also touch on environment, Xinjiang and Myanmar

Left to right, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, U.S. President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, want to counter China. (Source photos by AP)

TOKYO -- The leaders of the "Quad" countries -- the U.S., Japan, India and Australia -- will meet online Friday for their first summit, signaling their commitment to cooperate in providing COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries.

Although the foreign ministers of the four countries have met previously, the upcoming talks will be at the highest level. The Indian government officially announced the meeting on Tuesday, followed by U.S. and the others. Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, U.S. President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the summit.

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