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As the eyes of the world are on Ukraine, top US diplomat Secretary of State Antony Blinken kicks off his Indo-Pacific tour with a Quadrilateral Security Dialogue with foreign ministers in Melbourne on Friday. Ahead of the trip, when reporters pressed the State Department on whether they’re taking their eye off the ball with Ukraine, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said they’re capable of, “walking and chewing gum at the same time.”