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Could digital trade be an IPEF ‘early harvest’? For USTR, it’s complicated

September 22, 2022 at 12:22 PM
While some members of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity are eyeing an “early harvest” agreement focused on the digital economy, the idea presents a political quandary for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, as it could be seen as catering to large technology corporations rather than prioritizing the labor principles espoused by the administration, according to industry, civil society and labor stakeholders. South Korean Trade Minister Ahn Duk-geun told Inside U.S. Trade earlier this month that the...

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