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White House says Biden discussed China challenges with leaders from India, Japan, Australia

President Biden holds a virtual meeting with Asia-Pacific Quad nation leaders at the White House in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden discussed challenges posed by China with leaders from India, Japan and Australia in a meeting on Friday, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said.

Sullivan told reporters at a briefing that the virtual meeting between the Quad countries, a group central to Biden’s efforts to counter China’s growing military and economic power in the Indo-Pacific, did not focus on China, but touched on freedom of navigation in the East and South China Seas.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason, Writing by Michael Martina)

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