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U.S., Indian officials agreed to step up cooperation with Japan, Australia

Sunday’s Sankei ran a Kyodo dispatch from Washington saying that the Department of Defense announced that senior officials of the United States and India held online discussions on Friday in preparation for their planned 2+2 meeting of defense and foreign ministers this year. The paper wrote that U.S. and Indian officials agreed to step up quadrilateral cooperation with Japan and Australia amid Washington’s efforts to create a coalition against China. The paper also wrote that David Helvey, the principal director for East Asia in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, East Asia, told his Indian counterparts that the United States attaches importance to India as a security partner and that the two nations, with China in mind, agreed to act in concert against any moves to destabilize the Indo-Pacific region. The paper added that the United States and India held a foreign ministerial teleconference in August and agreed to hold quadrilateral talks with Japan and Australia by the end of this year.

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