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
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.