Chinese Premier Li Keqiang wants to see agreement on a free trade pact in east and southeast Asia within two years, South China Morning Post reported, citing comments Li made on Thursday at separate meetings of regional leaders in Brunei. He urged Asian nations to stick to their plan and complete talks on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) by the end of 2015. Li’s remarks about the RCEP deal reflected Beijing’s ambition to play a big role in integrating the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region. Those efforts were bolstered by the absence of US President Barack Obama from the talks.
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