U.S. confident on developing business framework with Indo-Pacific partners: Commerce chief

FILE PHOTO: White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre holds a press briefing at the White House

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – The United States is confident about developing a framework with Indo-Pacific partners to strengthen business and workforce, U.S. Commerce secretary Gina Raimondo said on Thursday.

Raimondo said in a teleconference call that the framework was not envisioned as typical free trade deal, and must be inclusive, flexible so many countries can participate.

(Reporting by Liz Lee; Editing by John Geddie)