Quad summit, high-level diplomacy signal Washington's Asia priorities

US President Joe Biden (top left) will meet virtually with (clockwise) Japan's Yoshihide Suga, Australia's Scott Morrison and India's Narendra Modi.PHOTOS: EPA-EFE, AFP, REUTERS

WASHINGTON - That Asia and the Indo-Pacific are the Joe Biden administration's top foreign policy priority is clear from the calibrated flurry of diplomatic activity in the coming days.

In a strong signal to allies, and to China, the schedule kicks off with a 90-minute summit of leaders of the Quad - India, Japan, Australia and the United States - on Friday (March 12) morning US time. It is Mr Biden's first summit as President. Alongside him will be Vice-President Kamala Harris.

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