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Pos Bulletin| Mon Nov 13 07:04:49 EST 2017
DANANG, Vietnam — An annual Pacific Rim summit is sticking with its tradition of promoting free trade and closer regional ties, shrugging off President Donald Trump's "America First" approach. The leaders of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum said Saturday they had recommitted to fighting protectionism and "all unfair trade practices." They also expressed support for multicountry institutions and regional as well as country-to-country trade agreements. Efforts to get an agreement on how to proceed without the U.S. stumbled at the last moment, with leaders unable to formally endorse the proposal. But trade ministers announced a preliminary deal, with some details to be work..

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