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Biden Didn’t Say the Word “China” in His Summit of the Americas Speech But He Didn’t Have to Since Everyone Knew It Was on His Mind

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during the opening ceremony of the 9th Summit of the Americas at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 8, 2022. Jim WATSON / AFP

U.S. President Joe Biden opened the three-day Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles with a new economic plan and a promise to re-engage countries in the Western Hemisphere… that is, friendly countries in the Western Hemisphere.

The White House also unveiled the “Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity,” a similar initiative to the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework the President announced last month in Asia. But just as with the Asian proposal, this is not a trade pact, does not offer any tariff relief, and has no preferential market access. 

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