US says TPP is its priority, as China touts free-trade zone

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with US Trade Representative Michael Froman before the opening session of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Beijing on November 7, 2014A China-backed vision for Asia-Pacific free trade is only a “long-term aspiration”, a top US commerce official said Sunday, stressing that Washington remains focused on its own plans for a regional trade agreement. China has thrown its support behind the FTAAP idea in the lead-up to a regional summit hosted by Beijing, while the United States is pursuing a deal for its 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which excludes China.

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