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5. China, US at odds over APEC

China and the United States have indirectly criticized each other over the failure of the APEC summit to release a joint communique.

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting ended on Sunday without a Leaders' Declaration, for the first time ever.

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a veiled criticism of the US. According to the Chinese government, Wang told media outlets that some individual economies kept pushing their proposals on other members.

He said it was an attempt to deflect criticism about their protectionist and unilateral stances.

Wang said they refused to accept what he called rational revisions suggested by China and others.

He claimed this caused dissatisfaction among many members.

Meanwhile, US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert released a statement that was seen as criticizing China.

It said the US was "fully prepared to join consensus on the draft APEC statements, agreeing to promote free and fair trade." The statement added that "It is unfortunate that not all economies could support these positions."