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Bush focuses on global economy

A demonstrator holds a poster during a protest in Lima, Peru, organized against President Bush’s arrival there Friday.

Associated Press

A demonstrator holds a poster during a protest in Lima, Peru, organized against President Bush’s arrival there Friday.

LIMA, Peru — President Bush arrived in Peru's capital Friday for his last scheduled overseas trip, taking a final chance to mingle with world leaders as they struggle with a worsening economic crisis and other looming threats.

Attending the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, Bush held his first meeting late Friday with Chinese President Hu Jintao, the two posing before entering into private talks focused on the economy and North Korean nuclear weapons negotiations.

Bush's main goal during his two-night stay in Peru will be to enlist additional support for an economic crisis agreement signed a week ago by the United States, China and 18 other major economies. The pact focuses on keeping trade barriers down and adhering to other free-market principles while implementing reforms to the global financial system.

Today, Bush is slated to give an economic speech and hold one-on-one meetings with the heads of Canada, Japan, South Korea and Russia. Bush's meeting with Dmitry Medvedev will be the first time the two have talked in person since the Russian president assumed office in May.

Bush focuses on global economy 11/21/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 10:14am]
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