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India joins Biden’s new trade initiative for Indo-Pacific

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US President Joe Biden launched the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) along with 12 initial partners in Tokyo on May 23.

  • The initial partner countries are India, Australia, Japan, Brunei, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

  • These 13 countries together represent 40% of the world's GDP.

  • About IPEF initiative

  • It is expected to focus on four main pillars including trade, supply chain resilience, clean energy and decarbonisation, and taxes and anti-corruption measures.

  • The group includes seven of the 10 members of the Association of SouthEast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and all four Quad countries and New Zealand.

  • India will work closely with other IPEF countries to build an inclusive and resilient Indo-Pacific Economic Framework.

  • The main roles of the IPEF in the Indo-Pacific will be to set and adhere to standards for the digital economy and cross-border data flows and data localization.

  • About  Indo-Pacific

  • It covers half of the world's population and more than 60 percent of the global GDP.

  • It is a geopolitical region that spans two regions of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.

  • Extending from the west coast of the United States of America to the west coast of India, the Indo-Pacific is a regional structure of 24 countries.

  • It includes the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean, western and central Pacific Ocean.

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