‘Quad’ leaders meet at White House as China looks warily on

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By Steve Holland, David Brunnstrom, Nandita Bose and Michael Martina WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Leaders of the United States, Japan, India and Australia presented a united front on Friday at their first summit and stressed the need for a free and open Indo-Pacific region amid shared concerns about China. The two-hour meeting at the White House of the Quad, as the grouping of the four major democracies is called, will be watched closely in Beijing, which criticized the group as “doomed to fail.” The summit was expected to yield progress on COVID-19 vaccines, infrastructure and technological cooperat…

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