Police storm Papua New Guinea Parliament for APEC summit pay
- Author: Rogelio Becker Nov 21, 2018,
Nov 21, 2018, 0:31
A statement will later be issued by the meeting's chairman, Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.
"We have reached a crossroads of history, when we must have a keen appreciation of the trend of our world and take the pulse of the world economy", he said, "That is how we will be able to respond to the call of our time and chart our future course accordingly".
"China was angered that the reference to WTO blamed a country for unfair trade practices".
On how to make progress on the China-US trade war - which he called a very complicated and hard issue - Mr Lee told Singapore media that it becomes very hard to solve if viewed as "a manifestation of a fundamental contradiction between two countries".
The Trump administration has levied tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese products since July.
According to the Associated Press, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said after the meeting, "I don't think it will come as a huge surprise that there are differing visions" on trade. "Those prevented there from being a full consensus on the communique".
Mike Pence, the US Vice President, criticized Chinese President Xi Jinping for Belt and Road initiative as well as for territorial demands in the disputed maritime territories in East China and South China Seas.
Pence accused China of intellectual property theft, and of offering loans with "opaque" conditions.
"This is one episode in the hegemonic struggle between the US 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.
Xi said the world was facing a choice between cooperation and confrontation as protectionism and unilateralism grew.
"You guys have got money to purchase Maserati cars but we are asking for our allowance, so that's the situation now at the moment", he said.
The vice president said he told President Xi that President Trump and the American people want a positive relationship with China, but there has to be change for that to happen. Mr. Pence, pointing to China's trade practices, told Mr. Li: "Things have to change".
"The assistance provided by China has been warmly welcomed by our partners in this region and beyond", Wang Xiaolong, a foreign ministry official, told a news conference.
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.
One source said: "Police were posted outside the minister's office after they tried to barge in".
In Port Moresby, China had just added the finishing touches to a showpiece six-lane boulevard running between a main road in Port Moresby and parliament house.
In Port Moresby, the impact of China's aid and loans is highly visible but the USA and allies are countering with efforts to finance infrastructure in Papua New Guinea and other island states.
Papua New Guinea APEC Coordination Authority chief executive Chris Hawkins said allowance payments to security personnel after a major event would normally take a week.
On Sunday, Australia, the US, New Zealand and Japan announced they would pour millions of dollars every year into an ambitious effort to bring electricity to 70 per cent of people in Papua New Guinea.
"The commitment of the United States of America to this region of the world has never been stronger", said Pence at a signing ceremony.