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IPEF plan is bad news for U.S. economic influence in Asia

Trade discussions of limited value unless Washington can offer enticements

| U.S.
Joe Biden attends the IPEF launch event in Tokyo on May 23: The Biden administration is trying to balance engagement in the Indo-Pacific and fending off a skeptical Congress.   © Reuters

Paul Nadeau is adjunct professor of political science at the Japan campus of Temple University.

The regional response to the Biden administration's Indo-Pacific Economic Framework has so far been tepid at best.

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