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Biden’s Economic Plan to Counter China’s Surging Economic Influence in Asia is Now at Death’s Door

US President Joe Biden stands for a family photo while meeting with members of the Indo Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Week in San Francisco, California, on November 16, 2023. Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP

U.S. President Joe Biden did his very best last week to put a brave face on during the family photo with other members of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), Washington’s latest effort to challenge China’s growing economic dominance in the region.

But even as the leaders posed for the photo, seemingly straining to smile, they all knew IPEF had been dealt a massive blow, ironically from within Biden’s own party.

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