APEC trade meet ends without joint statement, remains apart on Russia

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A meeting of trade ministers from the Asia-Pacific region ended Sunday without issuing a joint statement due to differences over Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a Japanese minister said. Japan's trade minister Koichi Hagiuda said the outcome of the two-day meeting in Bangkok, which focused on how to promote economic growth in a post-COVID-19 world, should be reflected in a chairman's statement. "There were big differences when coordinating the wording over Russia among the member economies," Hagiuda said at a press conference. Ministers of 21 nations making up the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperati...

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