Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (C) and China’s President Xi Jinping at APEC Haus during the 2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea November 17, 2018. Mick Tsikas/Pool via REUTERS
PORT MORESBY (Reuters) – A Chinese official said on Sunday that Asia-Pacific leaders could not issue the traditional communique at the end of the regional APEC forum, held in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
PNG will instead issue a “chairman’s statement”, said Zhang Shaogang, director-general of China’s international department at the Ministry of Commerce.
Disagreement over the future of multilateral trade was a sticking point, PNG Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato told Reuters earlier.
(This version of the story corrects paraphrase of PNG foreign minister to clarify trade was a sticking point)
Reporting by Jonathan Barrett in PORT MORESBY; Editing by Himani Sarkar and David Evans