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Xi Pushes Greater Asia-Pacific Integration

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged leaders from Asia-Pacific countries to push ahead with regional economic integration and other efforts to promote business ties.

Xi was speaking on November 11 in Beijing on the second and final day of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

"Clarify the goal, the direction, the road map," Xi told the other leaders including President Barack Obama and Russia's Vladimir Putin.

"At an early date, let prospects become reality and make the two sides of the Pacific highly open and integrated."

On the first day of the summit, Beijing announced a free-trade agreement with South Korea.

At the summit, China is promoting its own regional free-trade pact, despite U.S. pressure to make progress on other initiatives.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP