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Special report: The Detroit ministerial

IPEF members agree to create 'facility-specific' labor compliance tool

DETROIT – Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity members on Saturday said they had agreed to create a mechanism for addressing “facility-specific” worker-rights violations as part of a broader agreement on supply chains.

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A joint statement issued after the Detroit ministerial does not say which partners have agreed to join, but it notes that others may sign up “when ready to do so.”

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New Zealand hosted a meeting of partner countries in Detroit.

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USTR said she “highlighted the need to address the critical imbalances caused by China’s state-led, non-market approach to the economy and trade policy” and “raised concerns about PRC actions taken against U.S. companies operating there.”

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