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Pompeo visit shows strong US commitment to Asia, Stilwell says

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Recent discussions among the Quad had focused on building cooperation on issues including maritime security and on critical technology, infrastructure and counterterrorism, Stilwell said.

However, when asked whether the four-way grouping would issue a joint statement, Stilwell said: “I think you’ll see public availability related to this, as far as a joint statement, probably not.”

He said there were a lot of areas for discussion, but these could be “freeform as well.”

“This is the wonderful thing about the Quad… we have shared values, but different perspectives, and from those come great ideas and elegant solutions.”

China-US relations have sunk to the lowest point in decades in the run-up to the Nov. 3 US presidential election.

The world’s two biggest economies have clashed over issues ranging from trade, technological and security rivalry to human rights and the response to the coronavirus, which first surfaced in China late last year.

Washington’s allies and partners in Asia share US concerns about China’s increasingly assertive behavior and extensive territorial claims, but analysts say they have been concerned about the tone of some of Pompeo and Trump’s rhetoric against Beijing. (Reporting by David Brunnstrom and Humeyra Pamuk Editing by Paul Simao)