Apec leaders at odds over globalisation and free trade

Duterte now in Papua New Guinea for APEC meet

The shadow of protectionism and unilaterism is hanging over global growth, Xi said, joining his global counterparts in pushing for free trade.

United States and Chinese leaders presented opposing visions for the world in back-to-back speeches at the 2018 APEC conference in Papua New Guinea on Saturday, amid rising tensions between the world's two major powers.

"History has shown that confrontation - whether in the form of a cold war, hot war or trade war - will produce no winners", he said. He said the United States was working to improve relations with Beijing, and pointed to Trump's upcoming meeting with Xi as an opportunity for progress.

"We believe that there exist no issues that countries can not resolve through consultation", said the Chinese leader, as long as negotiations take place in a spirit of "equality" and "mutual understanding".

One of the complaints about Xi's signature Belt and Road policy has been the accusation that it overburdens poor countries with debt, which could leave them dependent on China.

"We're in a very strong position, " Pence said when asked whether there was a deadline to end the trade war.

Mr. Trump has imposed tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports to force concessions on a list of demands that would change the terms of trade between the two countries.

Chinese President Xi Jinping says protectionism is "doomed to failure".

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Pence also mocked China's Belt-and-Road initiative, under which China offers loans to poorer countries in the region to improve infrastructure.

On Saturday, Pence warned that Trump could still put more tariffs on China.

In the absence of Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the summit has been relatively low key and the focus has turned to the venue Port Moresby.

Apec, a 21-member economic grouping of which Malaysia is part of, comprises both rich and poor nations like the United States, Russia, China, Mexico, and Papua New Guinea.

But on Saturday Xi appeared to give no concessions to U.S. complaints that China's technology advances had been built on intellectual property theft.

China's efforts to win friends in the resource-rich Pacific have been watched warily by the traditionally influential powers in the region - Australia and the US.

Trump's withdrawal from the TPP a year ago and his push for bilateral trade deals are causing concern among allies, according to Ashley Townshend, director of the foreign policy and defense program at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

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