US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has welcomed China and other Asian countries to join US-led trade talks in mapping out a foreign policy focused more on economic strength than military might.
Speaking in Singapore on the eve of President Barack Obama's three-day visit to Southeast Asia, Mrs Clinton said the US aimed to combine the 11-country Trans-Pacific Partnership with other regional trade agreements to transform global commerce.
Washington would also use its diplomats at more than 270 embassies and consulates to advocate for firms such as Chevron Corp, Boeing Co and General Motors, she said.
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