China calls on APEC to promote FTA integration

Beijing, Sep 30 (IANS) China hopes the upcoming APEC summit will promote trade liberalisation, facilitation and integration of multiple free trade agreements (FTA) in Asia and the Pacific, a senior official said here Sunday.

The 21st economic leaders' meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum will be held in Bali, Indonesia, from Oct 7-8. President Xi Jinping will attend the meeting, Xinhua reported.

China hopes the APEC summit will continue to support multilateral trade and oppose all protectionism, said Deputy China International Trade Representative Yu Jianhua during a press conference.

China hopes the economies in FTA negotiations will adhere to principles of openness, inclusion and transparency and show flexibility to economies of different levels, Yu said.

It also hopes the APEC forum will play an incubator role for communication and integration of multiple free trade zones in Asia and the Pacific so as to create conditions for a whole Asia-Pacific FTA.


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