Scott Morrison plays down US, China APEC Summit division

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said previously that he suffers from daily migraines and ailments including Buerger's disease an illness that affects the veins and the arteries of the limbs and is usually due to smoking

Ahead of the APEC summit, the government was criticized for acquiring a fleet of 40 expensive Maserati cars to ferry the world leaders to meeting sites, but it assured citizens that the vehicles would be sold afterward.

An acrimonious meeting of world leaders in Papua New Guinea failed to agree Sunday on a final communique, highlighting widening divisions between global powers China and the U.S.

"Our world is undergoing rapid development and changes", Xi said at the meeting under the theme Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future.

"The entire world is worried" about tensions between China and the USA", O'Neill told reporters after he confirmed that there would be no communique from leaders.

Firstly, the economies need to advance economic integration in the region so as to build an open economy in the Asia-Pacific, the Chinese president said.

However, it says it will not oppose Australia's partnership with the USA to redevelop Papua New Guina's naval base at Manus Island.

Mr Pato refused to meet them, and the officials only left after security was called. "We have to watch how the situation unfolds", he said. "Those matters can be raised at the World Trade Organisation", he said.

"Mankind has once again reached a crossroads", he said.

Thirdly, Xi urged APEC members to improve the connectivity network to promote inclusive and interconnected development.

Speaking in Singapore last Thursday, Duterte told reporters that China was already "in possession" of the South China Sea and the United States and other countries must avoid "creating friction" with the Asian power.

But he said numerous points of disagreement were beyond the scope of APEC, and could only be hammered out by the WTO. A separate statement from his office said other countries are welcome to join the electrification initiative provided they support the US vision of a free and open Pacific.

"We have taken decisive action to address our imbalance with China", Pence declared. "We do not offer a constricting belt or a one-way road", he said, mocking China's One Belt, One Road initiative.

Pence took direct aim at Xi's flagship Belt and Road program, which China has been promoting to Pacific nations at APEC, saying countries should not accept debt that compromised their sovereignty.

APEC's failure to release a joint statement for the first time since the forum started in 1993 comes at a time when Washington and Beijing have been engaged in tit-for-tat rounds of punitive tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other's imports.

Compared with Pence, Xi had a softer message for Asia this week.

"They're now violating the sovereignty of every other nation's ability to fly, sail, and operate in accordance with global law", Davidson said.

China's growing military prowess and debt-fueled economic aid to smaller countries has increased concerns that it could seek a base for its armed forces in the Pacific or Indian Oceans.

Leaders of the APEC economies agreed that the Asia-Pacific economy has bright prospect but is also facing challenges of trade barriers and protectionism. He said intellectual property rights are important to protect innovation but they shouldn't widen the digital gap between countries. That could lead both sides to deny each other technology, capital, and investment, reversing decades of gains from globalization.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was also absent from the summit.



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