China's Hu urges Asia-Pacific nations to ensure peace
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AFP) - Chinese President Hu Jintao on Saturday urged all Asia-Pacific nations to help ensure peace in the region, amid a series of territorial rows that have inflamed nationalist tensions.
"To maintain peace and stability as well as the sound momentum of economic growth in the Asia-Pacific, it is in the interests of all countries in the region, it is our shared responsibility," Mr Hu told a regional forum in Russia.
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) bloc's annual gathering of leaders, held this year in the Russian Pacific port of Vladivostok, was due to officially open later Saturday.
The talks, which are meant to focus on opening up trade within the 21-member group, are this year being held under the cloud of a series of territorial disputes, involving several members, including China.