A senior U.S. policy official for China said on Wednesday that Washington aims to establish “common goals” on economic cooperation with Indo-Pacific countries in early 2022, as Washington seeks to counter Beijing’s influence in the region.

U.S. President Joe Biden told Asian leaders in October that Washington would launch talks on creating an Indo-Pacific economic framework. But few details have emerged and the administration has avoided moves toward rejoining trade deals critics say threaten U.S. jobs.

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