Ex-Malaysian Prime Minister: US-Led Trade Group Aims to Isolate China | app

TOKYO (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday criticized a new U.S.-led economic grouping, saying it aimed to isolate China and would not benefit regional economic growth without Beijing.

US President Joe Biden launched the 13-nation Indo-Pacific Economic Framework during a visit to Japan earlier this week. He said it would help the United States work more closely with Asian countries in areas such as supply chains, digital trade, clean energy and anti-corruption.

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