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World Leaders at APEC Summit Call for Cooperation


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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders, meeting in Singapore, have called for more cooperation on global economic recovery efforts, and have warned against withdrawing economic stimulus measures too early.

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev Saturday called for broad international cooperation to overcome the global crisis and achieve sustainable growth.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd proposed creating an Asia-Pacific Community, styled after the European Union.

Chinese President Hu Jintao said promoting openness in international trade and curbing protectionism would help revive the world economy.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon singled out Washington for "going in the opposite sense of free trade." Russian President Dmitri Medvedev made the same point.

In Tokyo earlier Saturday, U.S. President Barack Obama called on Asian countries to break their dependence on exports to the United States, and to pursue "balanced" and sustainable economic growth.


Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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