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Hong Kong, Southeast Asian nations sign free-trade pact

AP  |  Manila 

has signed a free-trade agreement and an investment deal with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in pacts that it says are a vote against protectionism elsewhere.

officials say the free-trade agreement they signed with on Sunday in Manila is the sixth such deal forged by the 10-nation bloc after concluding similar pacts with China, Japan, South Korea, India, and New Zealand.

The is hosting an annual summit of heads of state with Asian and Western leaders that opens tomorrow.

Commerce Secretary Edward Yau Tang-wah said the new free-trade accord is "a loud and clear vote from all of us here for freer and more open trade" amid protectionist tendencies in other parts of the world.

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First Published: Sun, November 12 2017. 18:28 IST