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U.S., Japan, other Quad members discuss Taiwan’s “peace and security” 

Kyodo News reported this morning that the U.S. State Department said the U.S., Japan, Australia, and India discussed the importance of “peace and security” in the Taiwan Strait during a virtual meeting of their senior officials on Thursday. The wire service described their stance as “an apparent veiled swipe against China’s stepped-up pressure on Taiwan.” Kyodo added that the “Quad”countries also agreed to work toward holding their first-ever in-person summit by the end of this year, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s press release. The four countries reportedly agreed on further advancing practical cooperation on maritime security, cybersecurity, disaster relief, and other issues toward the achievement of a “free and open” Indo-Pacific, while affirming the need for international cooperation to end the coronavirus pandemic. They also exchanged views on regional issues such as North Korea, Myanmar, and the East and South China seas, where China has been stepping up its territorial claims. 

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