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NEW DELHI — The newly launched Australia-India-Japan-U.S. “Quadrilateral Initiative” has raised China’s hackles, but its direction is still undecided owing to differing perceptions within the group over what its aims and objectives ought to be.

The quad, whose real architect is Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is founded on the concept of democratic peace. This group of four held its inaugural meeting May 25 on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) gathering in Manila.

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