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Apec: How a fraught weekend summit unravelled

It was a landmark summit of leaders from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) that most expected would be the usual display of regional unity and goodwill, but the meeting ended on Sunday for the first time without agreement on a joint communique - a sorry result that China insisted was not its fault.

Overshadowed by deep divisions between China and the United States over trade and investment, the acrimonious summit reportedly came unstuck over whether a mention of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and possible reforms to trade rules should be included in the Leaders' Declaration.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 20, 2018, with the headline 'Apec: How a fraught weekend summit unravelled'. Print Edition | Subscribe