澳大利亚外交部长Marise Payne 将于周四晚在“四边安全对话”(Quadrilateral Security Dialogue，简称QUAD）外长会议上与她的美国，印度和日本同行会面，此际这些印度-太平洋的主要民主国家正在合作对抗中国在该地区日益增长的强势作风。
The Australian government is working hard to elevate the "four-sided" organization to a security group, and also strongly supports the "Democracy Ten" or D10 coalition proposed by the United Kingdom to replace the Group of Seven (G7).
日本曾在10月份主持了”四边”Minister of Foreign Affairs亲临现场的会议。
联邦外交和Ministry of Trade表示，“四边”是“澳大利亚国际议程的重要支柱”。
"This dialogue mechanism will enhance the common interests of our countries in a safe and prosperous region," it said in a statement.
U.S. Secretary of StateAnton尼·布林肯（Antony Blinken）发言人说，这次会议将讨论关键的区域挑战。
The latest meeting is not long after the last meeting, reflecting the determination of the members of the "four sides" to confront China and implement a'rule-based order.'
In another collective action against China this week, Australia joined 57 other countries and supported an international declaration advocated by Canada to condemn the arbitrary detention of foreign citizens by some countries.
This joint initiative was made after Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were detained in China for nearly 800 days.
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