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Secretary of State Blinken travels to Australia for meeting of the “Quad” nations

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Australia on Wednesday to attend a conference of the “Quad” nations – the United States, Australia, India and Japan. 

The alliance of four countries was formed in September last year to coordinate in an effort to deter any bad behavior in the region. The alliance includes a deal to build and employ nuclear-powered submarines as a deterrent in the area. 

Blinken’s meetings with the Quad alliance will mainly focus on China, but will also discuss other matters related to the world economy, health, and politics.

Topics on the agenda include vaccine distribution in the Indo-Pacific region, climate change, counterterrorism measures and how best to quell the spread of dangerous misinformation.

While the majority of Blinken’s trip will consist of Quad meetings, he did attend a meeting of officials from pharmaceutical companies Moderna and Bristol-Myers Squibb, to discuss the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and how to be more prepared for such an outbreak in the future. 

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: SCMP.COM

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