BALI, Indonesia — Chinese President Xi Jinping took advantage Monday of President Barack Obama’s absence from the premier Asian trade and economic summit to push its own offers to neighboring nations.
China is next door and seeks economic ties that benefit and unite all states in the region of expanding economies, Xi said as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum got underway without full participation from the United States, the world’s largest economy.
Skirting security confrontations with Japan and several Southeast Asian nations, Xi underscored Chinese commitment to a peaceful region that is good for business.
The Asia-Pacific is a big family,’’ he told a group of business executives. ‘‘A family of harmony prospers. China is ready to live in amity with others.’’ Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.