MANILA (Sputnik) — The process of establishing a deregulated trade zone that includes all Asia-Pacific countries should be accelerated as new regional free trade deals threaten to divide the region, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Wednesday.
“With various new regional free trade arrangements there have been worries about potential fragmentation in this regard. Therefore we need to accelerate the realization of FTAAP and take regional economic integration forward,” Xi said at the APEC CEO summit in the Philippines.
The Chinese president also called on APEC member states to commit to a beneficial cooperation and promote fair competition in the region in order to achieve economic success.
According to Xi, any free trade arrangements should be made “open and inclusive.”