Biden’s meeting with “the Quad,” a new alliance to counter China, explained

Exposing the Big Game

A decade-old idea — a four-nation group to curb China’s aggression — is about to have a big moment.ByAlex Ward@AlexWardVoxalex.ward@vox.comMar 12, 2021, 8:30am EST

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President Joe Biden at the White House on March 10. He’s set to meet with other leaders of the Quad — Japan, Australia, and India — on Friday.

When President Joe Biden meets virtually with the leaders of Japan, India, and Australia on Friday, he’ll be doing much more than joining a routine gathering of nations. He’ll be showcasing the growing importance of an informal alliance of those four countries to counter China, known as “the Quad.”

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, an idea formed in the aftermath of the devastating2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, has never had its heads of…

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