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Apec leaders meet amid trade pact tensions, regional disputes

China looking to assert its influence in Asia and to stem the US presence in the Pacific

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WELCOME TO BEIJING: China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi (centre left) greeting delegates to the Apec meeting, including US Secretary of State John Kerry (right).

Beijing

MINISTERIAL-LEVEL meetings among Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) members kicked off on Friday in Beijing, a city that has virtually ground to a halt as the world's second-largest economy rolls out the red carpet for the annual summit which brings together 21 economies.