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Scott Morrison flies to Washington next week. So does the British prime minister Boris Johnson. On current planning, Australia’s prime minister will see Joe Biden and Johnson in the US capital on Tuesday, and not on a screen, which feels strangely audacious from locked-down Canberra.

Morrison will fly into a diplomatically hectic week. The core purpose of his trip is to participate in the first face-to-face leaders meeting of the Quad – an informal security grouping of Australia, the US, India and Japan. Biden will host this group on Friday; a foursome of leaders orbiting around a cold war in the Indo-Pacific triggered by China’s increasing assertiveness.

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