Leaders of Asia-Pacific economies differ on the formation of a free trade area

Lu Jianren
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Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies Working Paper

The 14th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders Meeting was held in Hanoi, Viet Nam on November 18-19 under the theme of Toward a Dynamic Community for Sustainable Development and Prosperity. The theme conveys two messages: One is to enhance trade and investment in a rapidly changing world, the other is to promote community links, economic growth and sustainable development.