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Indonesia pushes for minerals talks in IPEF trade pillar, says Thailand to host next round

July 18, 2023 at 12:40 PM
Indonesia this week pressed Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Sarah Bianchi to include critical minerals market-access discussions in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity negotiations, suggesting the issue could be on the agenda for a September negotiating round in Thailand. A U.S. official, however, pushed back against the country’s claims, saying nothing had yet been decided about critical minerals or the timing or location of the next round. Bianchi was in Jakarta on Monday and Tuesday to meet with Indonesian officials...

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