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The Indo-Pacific trade bloc, of which India is a member, will meet on Tuesday


President Joe Biden launched the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework in May during a trip to Tokyo. (Case)

Washington:

The United States will host a virtual meeting of officials representing the 14 countries that have joined the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework on Tuesday, as Washington seeks to expand its engagement with Asia.

The ministerial meeting will be hosted by U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, their offices said in a statement on Sunday.

President Joe Biden, who launched the IPEF in May during a trip to Tokyo, wants to use it as a way to raise environmental, labor and other standards across Asia.

Washington has lacked an economic pillar to its Indo-Pacific engagement since former President Donald Trump quit a multinational trans-Pacific trade deal, leaving China free to expand its influence.

In addition to the United States, IPEF members include Australia, Brunei, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Topics for discussion at Tuesday’s meeting include trade, supply chains, clean energy, infrastructure, taxes and anti-corruption, according to the statement.

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