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A brief statement from Tai's office made no mention of the framework, saying the two sides talked about progress on bilateral trade matters and "their mutual interest in working together on issues of common concern, including regionally and in multilateral organizations like the World Trade Organization".

During one hour-long virtual talks on Monday, Taiwan's chief trade negotiator John Deng reiterated to Tai that the island supports the framework and wishes to join it, Hsiao Chen-jung, an official from Deng's office, told Reuters.

WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) - U.S.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken goes to Asia next week for talks with Indo-Pacific allies, including a meeting of foreign ministers of the four-nation Quad, the State Department said on Friday.

TOKYO, Jan 20 (Reuters) - The security situation facing Japan and France in the Indo-Pacific is unstable and "getting tougher", Japan's defence minister said on Thursday at the start of talks between the foreign and defence ministers of the two countries.

WASHINGTON, May 11 (Reuters) - The United States is increasingly troubled by steps in Hong Kong to pressure and eliminate civil society, U.S.

Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell said on Wednesday.

In a joint statement, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden committed to expanding information sharing and deepening cooperation on defence innovation, including hypersonics and counter-hypersonics capabilities.

Speaking to reporters on a Thursday conference call, U.S Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink said early discussions were ongoing about the economic framework.

Taiwan has voiced its desire to be a "full member" in the forthcoming Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), one part of the administration's effort to counter what it says is Beijing's increasing economic and military coercion in the region.

Of the Quad countries, only India has not condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Russia is the main supplier of arms to the Indian military, and India faces the possibility of U.S. sanctions for its purchase of Russia's S-400 air defense system.

(Reporting by Simon Lewis and David Brunnstrom; Editing by Mark Porter)

ASEAN has disinvited the leader of Myanmar from the grouping's meetings and the leader of the country's ruling junta will not attend meetings between the regional blocs leaders and U.S.

President Joe Biden in Washington this week.

TOKYO, March 4 (Reuters) - Leaders of the Quad grouping of countries -- the United States, India, Australia and Japan -- agreed on Thursday that what's happening to Ukraine should not be allowed to happen in the Indo-Pacific, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said.

Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell said on Wednesday, ahead of President Joe Biden's summit with Southeast Asian leaders this week. WASHINGTON, May 11 (Reuters) - The United States is seeking to create opportunities for more U.S.

investment in ASEAN countries, U.S.

The administration says the still fledgling IPEF aims to be inclusive, but it has not publicly detailed any membership plans.

IPEF is intended as a flexible economic framework that would align members on supply chain security, infrastructure, labor standards, clean energy and other issues.

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Taiwanese army soldiers during a Readiness Enhancement Drill, amid escalating Taiwan-China tensions in January.

The government in Taipei is watching the fallout from Ukraine

The ministers will work furthering those goals but are unlikely to announce new pledges, leaving that until a May summit of Quad leaders in Japan that President Joe Biden plans to attend.

In a 12-page strategy overview, the Biden administration said it would focus on every corner of the region from South Asia to the Pacific Islands to strengthen its long-term position and commitment.

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