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International relations

APEC chiefs, including Trump, agree on free and fair trade

US, China and other members pledge to refrain from protectionist measures

KUALA LUMPUR -- A "free, open, fair, non-discriminatory, transparent and predictable trade and investment environment" is the prescription for economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation countries said Friday.

Leaders of the 21 APEC economies, including U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, applauded at the virtual summit when Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced the joint statement, the first since 2017.

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