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Australia’s Morrison says Indo-Pacific should always be free from coercion

Australia's PM Morrison speaks with the media in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison stressed the importance of a “free and open” Indo-Pacific, as leaders of the United States, Japan, India and Australia began their Quad meeting on Friday at the White House.

Morrison further stated the Indo-Pacific should be free from coercion, addressing a concern about Beijing’s increasing assertiveness and growing influence in the region.

(Reporting by Steve Holland, David Brunnstrom and Nandita Bose in Washington)

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