HUA HIN, Thailand, (Reuters/AFP) - Asia-Pacific leaders called on Sunday for regional-wide free trade and other measures to reduce dependence on the US and big Western markets as Asia leads the way out of the global economic downturn. Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama urged Asian leaders to keep up fiscal and monetary stimulus measures even as their economies show mounting signs of recovery, saying there was no room for complacency and that the job market was still dire. At the moment the global economy is showing signs of recovery, mainly in Asia, Hatoyama told the closed-door East Asia Summit of 16 Asia-Pacific leaders in the Thai town of Hua Hin, according to Foreign Ministry spokesman Kazuo Kodama. At the meetings, held under tight security, Hatoyama found tentative support from his Asian counterparts for a proposed regional community inspired by the European Union that would account for nearly a quarter of global economic output. I think my long-term vision of forming an East Asia Community was largely welcomed by participants, Hatoyama told reporters. The bloc, however, would take more than 10 years to create and may include some sort of regional currency, he added. Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, host of the meetings, said Asia clearly needed a new growth model leaning less on big Western trading partners and more on Asia-wide trade pacts. The global financial crisis, he said, bore this out. The old growth model, where simply put we have to rely on consumption in the West for goods and services produced here, we feel will no longer serve us as we move to the future, Abhisit told a news conference. Asias leaders also called on North Korea to end its nuclear arms programme and resume stalled six-country talks, and urged military-ruled Myanmar to ensure its elections next year were free and fair. The were hopeful about Myanmars improving US ties but activists criticised their failure to pressure the junta over detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi. At the regional meet Sunday, Indian Premier Manmohan Singh said there was an atmosphere of hope about improving relations between Myanmar and Washington, which recently began to re-engage the junta after years of hostility. And they mostly agreed it was too early to end government spending and other measures designed to get Asia back on its feet, said Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, at the helm of Asias third-biggest economy. The worlds eyes are on Asia as the region which can lead the global economic revival, he said. The Philippines is not ready to change its figure as far as tariff rates are concerned because it has to protect its own farmers, said Philippine Trade Secretary Peter Favila. There were other ways to propel the regions budding economic recovery, said Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda, urging Asian leaders to keep stimulating domestic demand along with regional demand to become less dependant on the US market. A rebalancing of the sources of growth in Asia is a very important challenge, he was quoted by a Japanese official as saying. Japans idea for an East Asian Community would encompass Japan, China, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand, along with the 10-member Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Leaders from all those states joined Sundays talks. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd pushed another idea for a new, separate forum of Asia-Pacific nations to respond to regional crises - from natural disasters to security scares and economic meltdowns. His idea includes the United States.