USTR’s Tai: Indo-Pacific trade talks could see results this year | Reuters
TOKYO, April 20 (Reuters) – U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said on Thursday Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) trade negotiations are progressing “at a very quick pace” and she expects results from the talks as early as by the end of the year.
The United States and 13 Indo-Pacific countries last year launched negotiations on IPEF, Washington’s first major pan-Asian trade engagement effort in nearly a decade.
“I don’t have a crystal ball … but it is absolutely in the spirit of the IPEF to be able to demonstrate that we can deliver real outcomes as we go, and not have to wait several years to realize an outcome,” Tai told a Tokyo news conference.
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