Scott Morrison at Apec summit insists end in sight to US-China dispute

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Scott Morrison says the United States and China are getting closer to resolving a trade war that threatens economic growth in the region, downplaying tensions on display during the Apec summit about Beijing’s expansionist ambitions in the Pacific, and the impact of globalisation.

The Australian prime minister said on Sunday the US and China were aware that other Apec countries wanted to see an end to the tit-for-tat trade spat that has played out since July, and he said “there is a lot more progress being made here than is probably being acknowledged”.

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