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Washington's plan for an Asia-Pacific free-trade agreement without China's participation triggers doubts over American geopolitical objectives.

Washington's ambitious move to build a free-trade bloc in the Asia-Pacific region without China's participation has raised Chinese suspicion over what geopolitical objectives the US has in mind to contain the fast-rising power, aside from economic reasons for the bloc.

Analysts say the move also highlights the growing importance of co-operation between the US and China in the region, as well as the growing competition for influence there.

On the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit over the weekend, US President Barack Obama said he was...

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