Pence says USA to partner in Papua New Guinea military base

The conference centre for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Port Moresby

But when US Vice President Mike Pence addressed the assembly, he said Washington would not back down in its trade dispute with China and could double its tariffs unless Beijing agreed to its demands.

The vice president harshly criticized China's global infrastructure drive, known as the "Belt and Road Initiative", calling numerous projects low quality that also saddle developing countries with loans they can't afford.

The shadow of protectionism and unilaterism is hanging over global growth, Xi said, joining his global counterparts in pushing for free trade.

"But that is nothing compared with what we see now", a resident said on Saturday, citing snipers on the roof, parts of the hotel sealed off, road blocks and special clearance required for cars.

But on Saturday Xi appeared to give no concessions to United States complaints that China's technology advances had been built on intellectual property theft.

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Xi also tackled U.S. attacks on China's communist system, saying there were more than 200 countries on the planet and "trying to erase their differences will not work, such differences are not a hindrance to exchanges, still less a cause for confrontation".

"We're in a very strong position, " Pence said when asked whether there was a deadline to end the trade war.

Mr Pence's decision to stay in Papua New Guinea now puts him in the same boat as China's President Xi Jinping, whose delegation has locked down the Stanley Hotel, where Chinese lanterns abound and a pagoda has been constructed in his honour.

A visit that Australia and the USA are viewing with a lot of anxiety.

According to the AP, a USA official told reporters traveling with Pence that the vice president had had a "pull-aside" meeting with Chang, though he failed to provide any further details about the content or length of the meeting. "Cooperation or confrontation? The interests of all countries and indeed the future of mankind hinge on the choice we make".

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Xi noted the importance of sharing the existing opportunities on the basis of openness and cooperation between states.

Xi expressed support for the global free trading system that has underpinned his country's rise over the past quarter century to world's second-biggest economy after the U.S.

In his own address, Xi defended the policy, saying there was no "hidden political agenda...nor is it a trap as some people have labelled it".

President Xi Jinping says that attempts to erect barriers and cut close economic ties "work against the laws of economics and the trends of history". "Win-win progress or a zero sum game?"

China has denied that USA companies are forced to transfer technology and sees US demands on rolling back its industrial policies as an attempt to contain China's economic rise. "We will not change course", he said.

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