Trump and Turnbull meeting: regional security to be key topic

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The US president and Australian prime minister will discuss countering China’s growing influence in Indo-Pacific

A rejuvenated, expanded “Quadrilateral” – the four-nation security dialogue between the US, Australia, Japan, and India that is seen as a counterweight to the growing influence of China in the Indo-Pacific – will be a key element of talks between Donald Trump and the Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, in Washington this week.

The Quadrilateral was formed in 2007 but Australia withdrew the next year, fearing the opprobrium of Beijing. However, “the Quad” has been revived in the face of continued Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea.

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