November 9, 2017 / 8:50 AM / a year ago

APEC ministers end talks after wrangling over trade wording for U.S.

Vietnamese Trade Minister Tran Tuan Anh chairs the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Ministerial Meeting during the APEC 2017 in Da Nang, Vietnam November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Na Son Nguyen/Pool

DANANG, Vietnam (Reuters) - Ministers from Asia-Pacific countries ended their meeting on Thursday with a “very good outcome”, despite differing views on trade and protectionism, Vietnamese Trade Minister Tran Tuan Anh told a news conference.

Talks among trade and foreign ministers from Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries on a communique for leaders were extended into a second day in the face of U.S. demands for changes to the language used concerning issues such as free trade and protectionism, officials at the talks said.

“There were diverse views, but we were able to conclude with very good outcome, which reflects the interests of all APEC economies,” the Vietnamese minister said, referring specifically to trade and protectionism.

Reporting by A. Ananthalakshmi; Writing by Matthew Tostevin; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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