"One priority on this year's APEC agenda is to unveil the post-2020 vision, a pathway toward our goal of building an Asia-Pacific community. This should be taken as a new starting point for us to begin another phase in Asia-Pacific cooperation, sustain the strong momentum of development in our region, and embrace a future of shared prosperity. Together, we can build an Asia-Pacific community with a shared future featuring openness and inclusiveness, innovation-driven growth, greater connectivity, and mutually beneficial cooperation."
——From the remarks by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 27th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting via video link, November 20, 2020
President Xi, in his remarks (Full Text), called for continued efforts to press ahead with regional economic integration for the early realization of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), adding that China will favorably consider joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). His appeals followed the signing of the world's largest free trade agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), by 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and another 5 countries of China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia and New Zealand.