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IPEF should defend Asian states against Chinese economic coercion

U.S. can energize talks with discussion of EU-style collective protection tools

| East Asia
Joe Biden, Fumio Kishida and Narendra Modi participate in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework launch event in Tokyo on May 23: The IPEF should have a collective economic self-defense mechanism.   © AP

Rena Sasaki is a U.S.-Japan Next Generation Leaders' Initiative fellow with the Pacific Forum, a foreign policy research institute based in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The new national security strategy unveiled by U.S. President Joe Biden last month put his Indo-Pacific Economic Framework initiative at the core of American economic engagement in the Indo-Pacific region.

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