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(LEAD) Yoon to virtually attend summit launching IPEF

Diplomacy 17:32 May 18, 2022

(ATTN: UPDATES with presidential official's remarks; CHANGES headline)
By Lee Haye-ah

SEOUL, May 18 (Yonhap) -- President Yoon Suk-yeol will virtually attend a summit in Tokyo next week where U.S. President Joe Biden will formally launch the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), a presidential official said Wednesday.

Yoon's attendance next Tuesday will likely come after he announces South Korea's participation in the initiative during his summit with Biden in Seoul this Saturday.

"South Korea will play a proactive role and present a standard for new rules creation," Kim Tae-hyo, first deputy chief of the presidential National Security Office, told reporters.

Kim also said South Korea will invite other countries to join the initiative and realize its national interest through the IPEF.

The IPEF is a framework unveiled by Biden at the East Asia Summit last October to strengthen U.S. economic cooperation with Indo-Pacific partners in key areas, such as fair trade, supply chain resilience, infrastructure, clean energy and decarbonization.

The initiative is widely viewed as an anti-China coalition aimed at excluding China from global supply chains.

A total of eight countries, including the United States, have so far expressed their intention to join the IPEF, Kim said.

Yoon said in a speech to parliament Monday that he will discuss ways to strengthen cooperation on global supply chains through the IPEF when he meets with Biden this week.

This compilation image shows President Yoon Suk-yeol (R) and U.S. President Joe Biden, with the photo of Biden taken from the EPA. (Yonhap)


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