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Bolstered Quad security partnership addresses Canberra's concerns

Australia is currently desperate to cement alignments and coalitions.
Australia is currently desperate to cement alignments and coalitions.PHOTO: ST FILE

SYDNEY - The prospect of a strengthened security partnership with the United States, India and Japan prompted some unusually grandiose expressions of jubilation and delight in Australia.

In a triumphant address to a meeting of MPs from his ruling coalition, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the elevated status of the four-way partnership - the Quad - was a historic event that sent a message to the region about the merits and value of liberal democracy.

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