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National leaders pose during group photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam on Nov. 11.   © Reuters

Trump's isolation stands out as APEC leaders embrace multilateralism

Gathering focused on trade, leaving China unchecked on South China Sea issue

KEN KOYANAGI and ERWIDA MAULIA, Nikkei staff writers | China

DANANG, Vietnam - The two-day gathering of the leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation closed on Saturday afternoon with a declaration of collective support for free trade and inclusive economic growth.

The leaders focused mainly on trade and economic issues in their discussions, leaving regional security issues unaddressed. U.S. President Donald Trump's statement to pursue bilateral trade arrangements stood out amid support by most APEC leaders for multilateral schemes.

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