APEC summit ends without statement over US-China division

APEC leaders divided after US, China spat

Chinese President Xi Jinping was feted by Papua New Guinea during a formal state visit on Friday, and Western leaders were watching closely when he met with leaders of Pacific island nations.

Deep divisions between the United States and China have derailed the APEC meeting in Port Moresby, with regional leaders failing to agree on a final communique for the first time in the summit's history. Back Row (L to R): Mexico's Undersecretary for Foreign Trade Juan Carlos Baker Pineda, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Peru's Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Taiwanese delegate to APEC Morris Chang.

Tonga, on the other hand, signed up to the Belt and Road and won deferment on a Chinese loan, a Tongan official said.

He said the rules of global institutions such as the World Trade Organisation should not be bent for selfish agendas.

Trump told reporters Friday that the Chinese response to USA trade demands was largely complete but was missing four or five big issues.

Pence said in a blunt speech on Saturday there would be no end to USA tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods until China changed its ways.

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"If we do not do that, we will just become a colony of China", the leader of the People's Movement for Change political party told SCMP.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said it shows how strongly the U.S. and its allies are committed to the region. "The American people know that we have to do something to reset this relationship with China economically".

APEC leaders divided after US, China spat
APEC summit ends without statement over US-China division

Analysts say a Chinese presence on Manus Island could impact the West's ability to navigate the Pacific while offering Beijing close access to US bases in Guam. He said intellectual property rights are important to protect innovation but they shouldn't widen the digital gap between countries.

The stoush over trade came against the backdrop of deepening regional competition between China and the USA in the Asia-Pacific. "Give me one example", he said.

Australian media reported that Chinese officials demanded to see Papua New Guinea Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato over the communique, but were denied entry to his office.

"We can have Chinese influence but we need them to be based on our terms, we need to inform them about our laws, the fact that they are in our country and there has to be an element of respect", he added.

China wouldn't agree to that language, believing it amounted to a "singling out" of Chinese trade practices, the us official said.

Trump's withdrawal from the TPP previous year and his push for bilateral trade deals are causing concern among allies, according to Ashley Townshend, director of the foreign policy and defense program at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

Pence is representing Trump at the summits after the president opted not to attend - becoming the first U.S. head of state to skip the marquee Asian conferences since 2013.

The feisty exchanges laid the groundwork for what could be a fiery encounter between Xi and US President Donald Trump at next month's G20 summit in Argentina. "The United States deals openly and fairly".

Pence told reporters on Sunday: "I spoke to President Xi twice during the course of this conference".

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