China and Russia will push for a free-trade area in the Asia-Pacific region, China’s foreign ministry said in a statement after the leaders of the two nations met Saturday in Lima, Peru.

President Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin met during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the South American city. Leaders of both the countries should communicate frequently, according to the statement on Sunday.

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The call for free trade in the region comes amid a protectionist mood in the U.S. following the election victory of Donald Trump, which is threatening to derail a trans-Pacific commerce agreement that excludes the world’s second-biggest economy.

In a speech Saturday at the APEC summit, Xi pledged to boost global trade and cooperation by opening up further and giving greater access to foreign investors.