• Reuters, Kyodo

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Leaders of the United States, Japan, India and Australia vowed on Friday to pursue a free and open Indo-Pacific region "undaunted by coercion" at their first in-person summit, which presented a united front amid shared concerns about China.

The two-hour meeting at the White House of the "Quad," as the grouping of four major democracies is called, will be watched closely in Beijing, which criticized the group as "doomed to fail."

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