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Japan, the United States, Australia and India — the grouping known as ‘the Quad’ — are considering holding talks involving their foreign ministers in mid-February in Australia, diplomatic sources said Wednesday.

The gathering of the ministers, if realized, would be their first in-person meeting since October 2020, taking place ahead of a summit of the Quad nations’ leaders that Japan plans to host in spring with the aim of further showcasing the four Indo-Pacific democracies’ deepening ties amid China’s rising clout in the region.

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