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Summit and high-level diplomacy signal Washington's Asia priorities

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

And in a strong signal to allies, and to China, the schedule kicked off with a 90-minute summit of leaders of the Quad - India, Japan, Australia and the United States - yesterday morning US time. It was Mr Biden's first summit as President. Alongside him was Vice-President Kamala Harris.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 13, 2021, with the headline Summit and high-level diplomacy signal Washington's Asia priorities. Subscribe