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Spokesman of Chinese Delegation Ma Zhaoxu Answers Questions of Journalists

As the 18th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting came to the end on November 14, 2010, Ma Zhaoxu, spokesman of the Chinese delegation, answered the following questions of journalists.

I. Comment on the 18th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting

Participants in the 18th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, focusing on the theme of "Change and Action", discussed the topics of growth strategy, human security, regional economic integration, Bogor Goals assessment, Doha Round and future development of APEC, reached wide consensus and achieved abundant, pragmatic and tangible results. Four outcome documents, including the Leaders' Declaration, Leaders' Statement on 2010 Bogor Goals Assessment, APEC Leaders' Growth Strategy and Possible Pathways to Achieve a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) were adopted. The Chinese side is satisfied with the outcomes of the meeting.

The proposal of promoting the balanced, inclusive, sustained, innovative and secure growth of Asia Pacific economy raised at the meeting pointed out the direction for regional economic development. The meeting assessed the progress of 5 developed members and part of developing members of achieving the Bogor Goals and made it clear that APEC should drive trade and investment liberalization and facilitation. FTAAP will be built gradually through the 10+3 and other regional free trade arrangements in order to inject vigor into regional economic integration. Participants also reached consensus on maintaining food security and strengthening disaster prevention and relief cooperation.

II. There are many leaders present at the meeting. Which national leaders has President Hu met with? What did the Chinese and Japanese leaders talk about?

President Hu contacted a number of national leaders during the meeting and exchanged views with them on the bilateral relations and APEC cooperation.

President Hu, at request, had talks with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan. He comprehensively elaborated China’s principled position and proposition on improving and developing relations with Japan. Please refer to our press release on the meeting. The meeting was introduced in the press release comprehensively and accurately.

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