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Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have reaffirmed their commitment to open trading systems that have underpinned their economic growth.

The leaders met Thursday in Bali, Indonesia, on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the group will redouble efforts to reach a “substantial conclusion” to a regional trade arrangement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, by the end of the year.

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo said ASEAN, which includes wealthy Singapore and poorer countries like Myanmar and Laos, also is determined to close gaps in development within ASEAN.

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Managing Director of International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde talks during a press conference ahead of the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank in Bali, Indonesia on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

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About a dozen activists have staged a brief, peaceful protest at the annual meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Bali, Indonesia.

Representatives of various rights groups held up placards and chanted ‘Defend peoples’ rights!’ and ‘Stop the attacks!’ outside meeting rooms Thursday at a convention center where media and civil society groups are gathered during the annual meeting.

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The Latest: IMF head says Pakistan help must be transparent

Members of advocacy groups for women, farmers and workers said their gathering of about 500 at a hotel in the city of Denpasar, miles from the conference, was twice shut down by police.

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International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde has said a bailout package for Pakistan would need to be fully transparent.

Lagarde said Thursday that she had not yet seen a formal request for help but thought she might receive one later in the day when meeting with Pakistan’s finance minister.

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Pakistan is one of a number of countries that have accepted Chinese financing for projects of Beijing’s “Belt and Road Initiative” for building roads, ports and other infrastructure across the globe.

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The Latest: Southeast Asian leaders affirm free trade goals

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, second left, greets Director General of the World Trade Organization Roberto Azevedo, second right, Managing Director of International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde, left, and Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Angel Gurria during a trade conference in Bali, Indonesia Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Southeast Asian leaders pose for family photo during ASEAN Leaders Gathering ont the sidelines of International Monetary Fund and World Bank Annual Meeting 2018 in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. From left, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. (Johannes P. Christo/Pool Photo via AP)

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