Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

APEC fails to reach consensus on leaders’ communique amid US-China divisions

Xi warns of dangers of conflict while Pence lets fly Pence, China's Xi trade tough talk at Pacific summit
Andrew Cummings | 20 November, 2018, 12:18

Vice President Mike Pence sharpened US attacks on China during a week of summits that ended Sunday, most notably with a call for nations to avoid loans that would leave them indebted to Beijing.

So far, the USA and China have traded tit-for-tat tariffs on goods totalling $US360 billion, with the U.S. acting as the aggressor, and Trump threatening numerous times to place tariffs on all United States imports from China, worth about $US500 billion.

Mr Pence also announced at the weekend the U.S. would "partner" with PNG and Australia on developing the Manus Island naval base and appeared to link the Manus redevelopment to China.

"The United States though will not change course until China changes its ways", Pence said.

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said "the two big giants in the room" had been unable to agree.

Leaders of Asia-Pacific economies have failed to agree a communique at a summit in Papua New Guinea after a war of words between the USA and China over trade and investment.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe failed in his efforts to bridge the deep U.S.

Smaller economies in the Asia-Pacific have long sought to balance ties, reaping the benefits of trade with China's fast-growing economy while relying on American firepower to rein in Beijing's assertiveness over disputed territory.

China has denied that USA companies are forced to transfer technology and sees United States demands on rolling back its industrial policies as an attempt to contain China's economic rise.

While noting that China has great power and wealth, Juffa said Papua New Guinea can choose to develop and modernise at its own pace to maintain its position as an independent nation.

The 21 nations at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Port Moresby could not reach agreement on the role of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), which governs global trade.

Aside from trade, the leaders extensively discussed financing for infrastructure projects and investment in the Asia-Pacific region at a time when China is increasing its influence through Xi's "One Belt, One Road" infrastructure initiative.

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The two-day summit was punctuated by acrimony and also underlined a rising rivalry between China and the West for influence in the usually neglected South Pacific, where Beijing has been wooing impoverished island states with aid and loans.

The President also met with members of the Filipino community in Papua New Guinea.

That's a reference to China's Belt and Road initiative.

"We don't have that dark side as you suspected", the spokesperson said.

China is a champion of Asia-Pacific cooperation and has taken concrete steps to promote cooperation on the ground, Xi said.

Most members affirmed their commitment to preserving the multilateral trading system and supported a robust and well-functioning WTO, he said. He also defended his signature Belt-and-Road Initiative, which dwarfs any infrastructure funding backed by the US, saying it's "not a trap as some people have labeled it".

On Saturday Chinese President Xi Jinping took a swipe at the US's America First policy by saying that countries that embraced protectionism were "doomed to failure".

"We have to watch how the situation unfolds", he said.

Australia, a staunch US ally, has for decades enjoyed largely unrivalled influence among Pacific island nations.

No-one was known to be hurt, Kakas said, adding that he did not yet know how many police and soldiers were involved in the incident in the nation's capital Port Moresby. "These issues can be resolved, we believe, at the negotiation table".

Most of the region's attention was focused on Port Moresby.

"This is one episode in the hegemonic struggle between the USA and China - it will go on for a while", said Kunihiko Miyake, a former Japanese foreign ministry official who is now a visiting professor at Ritsumeikan University.

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