US trade policy in Asia and the latest developments around the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) were the focus of an Asia House briefing with Ambassador Sarah Bianchi, Deputy US Trade Representative, in Washington DC this week.
Speaking with Asia House Corporate Members on 11 October, Ambassador Bianchi provided an update on IPEF negotiations and broader US relations in Asia. US trade with economies including China, India and the UK were also discussed in the off-the-record briefing, which took place in the sidelines of the IMF and G20 Finance Ministers Meetings in the US capital.
Members of Asia House’s global network attended the discussion to engage with the Deputy USTR, who was asked a range of questions, with IPEF being a key topic. Ambassador Bianchi was asked about the timeline for the framework, how it could shape data and digital regulation, and how regional economies are engaging with the initiative.
The prospect of deeper UK-US cooperation on professional services and US trade ties with India and China were also discussed in the briefing, chaired by Asia House Chief Executive Michael Lawrence.
The briefing offered a key chance for Asia House Corporate Members to hear the latest US thinking on trade policy in Asia.
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