U.S., Japan launch economic dialogue; to cooperate on next-gen semiconductors

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By Simon Lewis and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Long-time allies the United States and Japan launched a new high-level economic dialogue on Friday aimed at pushing back against China and countering the disruption caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The two countries agreed to establish a new joint research center for next-generation semiconductors during the so-called economic “two-plus-two” ministerial meeting in Washington, Japanese Trade Minister Koichi Hagiuda said. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Japan’s Foreign Minister Yoshim…

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