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Biden and Modi agree on greater need for ‘Quad’ strength

New Delhi: US President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed in a telephone call to strengthen Indo-Pacific security through the Quad grouping of countries that is seen as a way to push back against China’s growing assertiveness in the region.

India, United States, Japan and Australia are members of the Quad, an informal group that Washington has been promoting to work as a potential bulwark against China’s increasing political, commercial and military activity in the Indo-Pacific, diplomats say.

On Tuesday two US carrier groups conducted joint exercises in the South China Sea, days after a US warship sailed near Chinese-controlled islands in the disputed waters that have emerged as another flashpoint in strained Sino-US relations.

USS aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt at the weekend entered the South China Sea with its accompanying strike group on what the Navy described as “routine operations” to “ensure freedom of the seas”.

USS aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt at the weekend entered the South China Sea with its accompanying strike group on what the Navy described as “routine operations” to “ensure freedom of the seas”.Credit:AP

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group “conducted a multitude of exercises aimed at increasing interoperability between assets as well as command and control capabilities”, the US Navy said, marking the first dual carrier operations in the busy waterway since July 2020.

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