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Japan seeks quick start to U.S.-led Indo-Pacific economic framework

Allies to work with 'like-minded countries' for Washington's alternative to CPTPP

Port of Long Beach in California. The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework is part of U.S. President Joe Biden's push to build an economic sphere in the region to rival China's.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- Top Japanese and American economic officials have called for speedy implementation of Washington's proposed Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, as the U.S. seeks partners for an economic bloc to counter China's growing influence.

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