Chinese President Hu Jintao said Beijing would do all it
could to strengthen the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic
Cooperation (APEC) and boost prospects of a global recovery by
rebalancing its economy, Asia’s biggest.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said trade barriers must be
smashed down. He is hosting the event on a small island linked
to the Pacific port of Vladivostok by a spectacular new bridge,
a symbol of Moscow’s pivotal turn to Asia away from
“It’s important to build bridges, not walls. We must
continue striving for greater integration,” Putin told APEC
leaders seated at a round table in a room with a view of the $1
billion cable-stayed bridge, the largest of its kind.