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China blames 'excuses' for lack of agreement at APEC

Summit ends without joint communique for first time

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends a news conference in March. Following the APEC summit, he said that the failure to agree on a statement was "by no means accidental," in an oblique reference to the U.S.   © Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) -- The failure of the countries attending a major Asia-Pacific summit to agree on a communique resulted from certain countries "excusing" protectionism, a top Chinese diplomat said, in a veiled criticism of Washington that further sours China-U.S. ties ahead of a meeting of the G20 nations.

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