The statement from the APEC foreign and trade ministers had originally been due on Wednesday from the talks in the Vietnamese resort of Danang.
APEC leaders who meet on Saturday are due to release a separate communique.
U.S. President Donald Trump has taken a strongly different stance on trade to predecessors with an emphasis on an “America First” policy that he says will protect American jobs and mean other countries do not take advantage of the United States.
Trump drove home those points in a speech at the APEC meetings on Friday.
The discussion over the statement in Danang has been similar to that which took place at G-20 meetings where the Trump administration demanded changes to the usual language.
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