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Beijing has concerns about Quad despite publicly dismissing it

Beijing's strategy in dealing with the Quad has so far been to label it as irrelevant.
Beijing's strategy in dealing with the Quad has so far been to label it as irrelevant.PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING - A joint statement by the United States, India, Australia and Japan after their Quad summit last week made no mention of China, but Beijing is under no illusion that the four do not have their sights on keeping it in check.

In a statement just hours before the Quad nations held the first meeting of their leaders on March 12, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman warned that countries should not "target or damage interests of a third party" and should not "pursue exclusive blocs".

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