Chinese leader calls for economic integration
Chinese leader Xi Jinping has urged Asia-Pacific nations to
accelerate economic integration to spur global growth, on day two of the
He spoke as leaders from the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic
Co-operation (Apec) bloc met for roundtable talks. Discussion is
expected to center on trade agreements and a regional anti-corruption
On Monday, the Japanese and Chinese leaders held talks for the first
time on the sidelines of the summit. Ties between the two Asian giants
have been extremely tense due to a territorial row over disputed islands
in the East China Sea.
US deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said the US welcomed
the meeting as it was an opportunity to lower the simmering tensions
between the two countries.
On Tuesday, Xi pushed for a trade liberalisation framework called the
Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP). "The global economic
recovery still faces many unstable and uncertain factors," the Chinese
leader said outside Beijing where the summit is taking place. "Facing
the new situation, we should further promote regional economic
integration and create a pattern of opening up that is conducive to
long-term development," he said.