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Quad heads of state to hold first-ever summit this week

March 9, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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INDIAN OCEAN (Nov. 20, 2020) Master Chief David Conduff, command master chief of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), waves to four F-18's from the Nimitz and four MiG 29K Fulcrum K from the Indian navy aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya (R 33) on the flight deck of the Nimitz while participating in Malabar 2020 in the Indian Ocean. Malabar 2020 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises that has grown in scope and complexity over the years to address the variety of shared threats to maritime security in the Indo-Pacific where the U.S. Navy has patrolled for more than 70 years promoting regional peace and security. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is currently deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles DeParlier)

The leaders of the United States, Japan, India and Australia will meet in a virtual summit this week, a source in Japan with direct knowledge of the talks told CNN on Tuesday.

Tokyo (CNN)The leaders of the United States, Japan, India and Australia will meet in a virtual summit this week, a source in Japan with direct knowledge of the talks told CNN on Tuesday.

It will be the first time talks have been held between the heads of state of the four-member Quad and comes as all four countries see heightened tensions with China over a variety of issues.

Last week, a State Department official and a diplomat from Asia said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will travel to Japan and South Korea from March 14 to 18.

Blinken this month cited the US relationship with Beijing as "the biggest geopolitical test of the 21st century. " He said there is a need to engage China from a position of strength which can only be done alongside allies and partners.

"China is the only country with the economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to seriously challenge the stable and open international system -- all the rules, values, and relationships that make the world work the way we want it to," Blinken said in the speech about the Biden administration's national security strategy.

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