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Roadmap to set up Asia-Pac free trade zone to be launched

Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) with US President Barack Obama, (back row, from left) Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak at an Apec photo shoot.


CHINESE President Xi Jinping, in closing this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit as its chairman on Tuesday, announced an agreement to launch a roadmap for the setting up of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP).

He called the blueprint a "