Xi Wins Leaders’ Support for Road Map on Asia-Pacific Trade Pact

November 11, 2014 9:17 AM

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President Xi Jinping wrapped up a summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders in Beijing with an agreement to press forward toward a regional free-trade pact that he says will be a historic achievement once realized.

Eight years after the idea was first proposed, Xi is pushing the creation of the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific as part of efforts to counter U.S. influence in the region. The Chinese leader has emphasized his nation’s growing economic clout throughout the forum and offered tens of billions of ...

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