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Trade war

APEC chair statement underlines US-China divisions

Fight against 'protectionism' removed from document released five days after summit

TOKYO -- Details of the U.S.-China divide emerged Friday, as a statement released by the summit chair of the Asia-Pacific economies showed evidence of a fight between the world's two largest economies over how it should be worded.

The 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, which held a summit of leaders on Sunday in Papua New Guinea, failed to issue a joint communique for the first time in its near three-decade history after Washington and Beijing were unable to agree on key parts of the draft.

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