AFP: US, China in APEC cruise ship clash on trade, influence17 November 2018 | 12:29 | FOCUS News Agency
In combative back-to-back speeches at a business forum held on a hulking cruise ship moored in Port Moresby, Xi Jinping and US Vice President Mike Pence pulled few punches.
The feisty exchanges laid the ground for what could be a fiery encounter between the Chinese leader and President Donald Trump at next month's G20 in Argentina.
Xi lashed out at "America First" trade protectionism and stressed that global trade rules should not be applied "with double standards or selfish agendas" - in a thinly veiled swipe at Washington.
The world's top two economies have been embroiled in a spiralling trade war.
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