China's Premier Li Keqiang (C) speaks during the ASEAN-China meeting, part of the 27th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Kuala Lumpur on Nov. 21, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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Asia-Pacific leaders meeting in Malaysia Saturday condemned the string of extremist attacks from Paris to Mali, urging an international effort to fight the scourge.The top-level diplomacy kicked off in Manila with a summit of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) bloc.Many of the same leaders are now in Malaysia for the meeting of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which expands Sunday into a broader forum including the United States, China, Russia and others.Obama, America's self-styled "Pacific president", has been frustrated to see his Asia tour – aimed at highlighting growing trade and investment ties – overshadowed by the jihadist attacks on the other side of the world.In Kuala Lumpur, Southeast Asia leaders will declare the establishment on Sunday of an "ASEAN Economic Community" (AEC), inspired by Europe.
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