Wu Zhenglong, Senior Research Fellow, China Foundation for International Studies
Jun 15, 2022
Six factors suggest that the IPEF will not succeed: meager benefits for developing economies, new and unpopular commitments, disproportionate benefits for the U.S., vague negotiating plans, uncertainty of the framework’s survival under a new American administration and skepticism by U.S. allies.
Richard Weitz, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
Jun 14, 2022
The Biden administration is prioritizing its foreign policy strategy in Asia by extensive outreach and alliances in the region. Strategic partnerships with other countries, particularly in the Indo-Pacific , are crucial for the U.S. to keep up with China’s growth in the region.
Richard Javad Heydarian, Professorial Chairholder in Geopolitics, Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Jun 11, 2022
U.S. President Joe Biden formally launched the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework in June, but the initiative falls short of providing an actual trade agreement. In order for the IPEF to work long term, the Biden administration must include interlocking development initiatives that are multilateral and backed by public-private partnership agreements.
Wang Wan, Director of Peking University’s Institute of International Strategic Studies
Jun 10, 2022
The IPEF attempts to placate those who oppose free trade in the Indo-Pacific region while also constraining China. But China is the biggest trading partner for most IPEF countries, so the attempt to encircle China on trade is tantamount to encircling its own members.
Wang Fudong, Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of International Economics and Politics, Shandong Academy of Social Sciences
Jun 02, 2022
Heightened U.S. military deployments on the Korean Peninsula will only exacerbate the regional security dilemma that affects China, Russia and the DPRK. Meanwhile, exclusivity between the United States and ROK in some trade sectors will be hard to pull off.
Zhang Yun, Associate Professor, National Niigata University in Japan
May 31, 2022
Thirteen countries in the Indo-Pacific region have joined the initiative, which indicates interest. But there are problems with the framework as presented that raise questions about its ability to succeed and endure.
Shen Dingli, Professor, Institute of International Studies, Fudan University
May 31, 2022
There was nothing new revealed in the U.S. president’s visit, other than launching Indo-Pacific Economic Framework. Roping in Japan and South Korea and declaring that the U.S. would “intervene” in a Taiwan conflict, all amounted to old news.
David Shambaugh, Gaston Sigur Professor of Asian Studies and Director of the China Policy Program, George Washington University
May 31, 2022
As President Biden attends his first in-person meetings in Asia, who he’s visiting and their respective agendas can inform our observations on what the U.S. strategy will be in dealing with China’s neighbors.
Liu Chang, Assistant Research Fellow, Department for American Studies, CIIS
May 30, 2022
Lacking concrete detail, the framework is burdened by great uncertainty. Moreover, the United States seems to be sending a decoupling signal to China — a questionable strategy. If the U.S. continues along this line, it will be hard to win confidence and cooperation from countries in the Indo-Pacific region.
Tang Xinhua, Associate Researcher, Tsinghua University’s Institute of International Relations
May 30, 2022
The goal of the United States in creating the IPEF is to gain an asymmetric technological advantage over China and to create an environment for long-term competition. It wants a new rules-based Indo-Pacific order forged in its own image.