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    Don't Get Too Excited, 'Quad Plus' Meetings Won't Cover China

    Derek Grossman

    Apr 9, 2020

    The Diplomat

    The “Quad” countries met via video teleconference in March to help each other amid the coronavirus pandemic, along with several other, non-Quad, countries, including New Zealand, South Korea, and Vietnam. But for all the good that can come of these countries working together on issues of common concern, the Quad Plus, if sustained, may actually jeopardize the Quad's primary mission long-term: to counter China's growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific.

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