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Biden's Asia policy

Indo-Pacific ministers talk skills training, not tariffs, at U.S. gathering

1st in-person IPEF forum to cover supply chain resiliency, emergency chip reserve

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, left, speaks at the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework conference in Los Angeles on Sept. 8, with Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. (Photo by Satsuki Kaneko)

NEW YORK -- Ministers from 14 countries opened the first in-person meeting of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework in Los Angeles on Thursday, looking to advance the U.S.-led initiative meant to compete with China in the region.

The talks are to focus on the IPEF's four pillars: fair and resilient trade; supply chain resilience; clean energy, decarbonization and infrastructure; and taxes and anti-corruption.

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