Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed fellow Pacific-Rim heads of state at the APEC summit on Monday, Oct. 7, making the case for regional economic cooperation as China’s economic transition continues. In a speech titled “China in transition: What can the Asia Pacific expect?” he urged conference attendees, who altogether account for 44 percent of world trade, to consider China an essential part of the Asia-Pacific economic sphere. Attendees noted that Xi had become the dominant force at the conference after U.S President Barack Obama cancelled his plans to attend. Obama elected to remain in Washington due to the ongoing federal government shutdown. Secretary of State John Kerry represented the U.S. at the summit. The APEC conference featured discussions between Pacific-Rim leaders underscoring the importance of regional trade. (CNN, New York Times, Oct. 7, 2013)