China vs USA: The coded message Biden used to issue fresh threat to China this week

But China remains a key trading partner for all the Quad countries.

And analysts say China is unhappy about the Quad meeting.

Bonny Lin, director of the China Power Project at CSIS, said: “China has tried to portray the Quad as a clique that embraces a Cold War zero-sum mentality set on confronting China, as a military alliance that seeks to promote instability in the Indo-Pacific region.

“China has also tried to portray the Quad as a group led by the US with the other three actors, essentially, as what China calls ‘US pawns’.”

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