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CORRECTED-Asia-Pacific leaders fail to reach consensus on APEC communique

A Chinese official said on Sunday that Asia-Pacific leaders could not issue the traditional communique at the end of the regional APEC forum, held in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

PNG will instead issue a "chairman's statement", said Zhang Shaogang, director-general of China's international department at the Ministry of Commerce.

Disagreement over the future of multilateral trade was a sticking point, PNG Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato told Reuters earlier. (Reporting by Jonathan Barrett in PORT MORESBY; Editing by Himani Sarkar and David Evans)

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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