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Fault lines were quick to emerge over the future of free trade as leaders gathered for the Asia-Pacific summit on Saturday, with some calling for radical change while others argued for a return to the status quo on globalisation.

President Duterte will leave Papua New Guinea a day earlier than scheduled, skipping some of the most important events at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Leaders' Meeting, Malacañang said on Friday. "Tit-for-tat protectionism and threats of trade wars are in the interests of no-one economically", Morrison said.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, however, used his Apec speech to give a full-throated defence of free trade.

"Our efforts must be about persuading and convincing our peoples again about the domestic benefits", he said.

"I know there are legitimate questions around trade arrangements", said Mr Morrison.

Washington will not change its pressure tactics against Beijing until it bows to United States terms, Vice President Mike Pence said at an APEC summit, where members loudly denounced protectionism and sanctions as threats to global trade.

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However, he said a number of key issues had not been included on a list for negotiation ahead of the G20 summit, meaning it was "not acceptable" yet to the president. While Trump threatened to slap China with another $267 billion in tariffs to fix last year's $375 billion trade deficit with the world's second-biggest economy, Beijing has repeatedly urged Washington to stop its protectionist tactics and play by the WTO rules.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will also be speaking at the summit and is expected to emphasise the importance of free trade and globalisation and warn against protectionism.

This occurred during the arrival of the US Vice-President, Mike Pence, at around 11am today.

Mr Pence tweeted he would discuss "Trump's commitment to prosperity, security and freedom in the Indo-Pacific".

Announced in 2013, the initiative aims to bolster a sprawling network of land and sea links with southeast Asia, central Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

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