APEC leaders, CEO comments at Hawaii summit

Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:45pm EST
 
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HONOLULU (Reuters) - Following are quotes from leaders of Pacific Rim countries and business executive attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit on Saturday.

On the agenda -- promoting free trade and liberalizing regulations in order to strengthen economic growth.

JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER YOSHIHIKO NODA

CHINA: opening remarks at a bi-lateral meeting with China's President Hu Jintao:

"We had a brief chat at Cannes. But I'm very delighted to have this occasion today to exchange views on many issues. Bilateral ties between Japan and China are very important for the region as well as for the world. It is important to make our ties develop steadily. China's development represents a great opportunity for our country. I believe it is necessary that both countries deepen our engagement with the region and the international community."

Noda told reporters after the bilateral:

"Japan and China will be marking the 40th anniversary of the normalization of our ties next year, a major point in the history of our relations. In our talks today, we have agreed to work toward my visit to China by the end of this year."

RUSSIA: Noda's remarks on a bilateral with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev:

"We talked about promoting our cooperation in each and every field amid changing security environment in Asia-Pacific. We agreed that although our stances greatly differ when it comes to territorial issues, we will hold practical talks in a quiet environment in order to solve the problem," Noda told a reporters.   Continued...