November 18, 2018 / 7:19 AM / a month ago

Asia-Pacific leaders fail to reach consensus on APEC communique

FILE PHOTO: Leaders pose for a family photo ahead of the retreat session during the APEC Summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea November 18, 2018. REUTERS/David Gray

PORT MORESBY (Reuters) - A Chinese official said on Sunday that Asia-Pacific leaders could not issue the traditional communique at the end of the regional APEC forum, held in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

PNG will instead issue a “chairman’s statement”, said Zhang Shaogang, director-general of China’s international department at the Ministry of Commerce.

Disagreement over the future of multilateral trade was a sticking point, PNG Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato told Reuters earlier.

(The story corrects paraphrase of PNG foreign minister to clarify trade was a sticking point)

Reporting by Jonathan Barrett in PORT MORESBY; Editing by Himani Sarkar and David Evans

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