Kyodo News reported that the focus of this year's APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Papua New Guinea's capital Port Moresby is whether the participants can find common ground in their commitment to fighting protectionist policies.

Leaders pose for a family photo ahead of the retreat session during the Apec summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Photo: Reuters

According to a draft declaration, the participating economies will seek unity in pledging to "fight all forms of protectionism and other trade distorting measures." They also discussed how to develop infrastructure projects within the region.

In addition, the APEC leaders have planned to continue discussing the establishment of a free trade agreement of the Asia-Pacific - a region accounting for about 40 percent of the world's population, about half of global trade by volume and some 60 percent of the world economy.

APEC groups Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam.

Source: VNA