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APEC Tackles Missiles; Trade Vies with Terror Focus

Pacific Rim ministers agreed on Saturday to a U.S. proposal to regulate shoulder-fired missiles, but some expressed reservations about a U.S. drive to put the fight against terror on an equal footing with boosting prosperity. The United States called on Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum foreign ministers, meeting in the Thai capital amid tight security before a summit on Monday and Tuesday, to agree that crushing terror was essential to ensure economic growth. President Bush emphasized the link during a brief visit to the Philippines on his way to Bangkok, saying open markets would be an “important conversation that I will have with the members of APEC.” Full Story

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