Beijing Hosts APEC Summit

Established in 1989, APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) includes 21 economies from the Pacific Rim region which promote free trade and economic cooperation between members. APEC members are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, United States, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Chile, Peru, Russia and Vietnam.

The APEC program kicks off with the Concluding Senior Officials’ Meeting (CSOM) and Fourth APEC Business Advisory Council Meeting, followed by the Apec Ministerial Meeting (AMM) and the APEC CEO Summit, concluding with the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM).

When asked whether the United States was attempting to stop the formation of the proposed FTAAP, assistant minister with China’s Ministry of Commerce, Wang Shouwen, was reported as saying that there are no blocks or conflicts, noting that the APEC gathering is a forum and not a platform for negotiation. However, China will be seeking to establish which APEC countries would support a free-trade zone with China, just not at the upcoming APEC summit.