Asia-Pacific leaders vow to fight protectionism

Asia-Pacific leaders vowed Sunday to fight protectionism at the close of a summit upended by US President-elect Donald Trump’s shock victory and virulent attacks on free-trade deals. “We reaffirm our commitment to keep our markets open and to fight against all forms of protectionism,” said the final statement from the summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group. Rising protectionism in Europe highlighted by Britain’s exit from the European Union and in the United States underscored by Trump’s election was a major concern at the two-day summit in the Peruvian capital Lima.

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