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International relations

Trans-Atlantic 'Quad' prepares for new Eastern center of gravity

US, UK, Germany and France talk of strategic competition with China

NEW YORK -- On the day U.S. President Joe Biden made his first multilateral engagement at the Group of Seven leaders' meeting and the special edition of the Munich Security Conference, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson talked of a new "trans-Atlantic Quad" that is emerging to address the security challenges of the times.

This echoed Biden's own declaration that "the trans-Atlantic alliance is back" and hinted at a new direction of international relations, under which the U.S. and its European allies align their foreign policies to adapt to the new realities, including a gravitational shift toward Asia.

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