THE United States is "not in a position to rejoin" the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and will instead pursue creation of a "better" pact called the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said on Thursday.

Raimondo spoke to the media from Kuala Lumpur, where she is wrapping up a week-long visit to the region, the first for the Biden administration official.

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