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  1. November 23, 2011

    Vietnam: Urban-rural divide could stunt progress

    Earlier this month, several dozen Vietnamese-American pro-democracy campaigners travelled to Hawaii to protest against human...

  2. November 16, 2011

    How America should adjust to the Pacific century

    How many ways are there to say you’re back? In 2010, Hillary Clinton grabbed Beijing’s lapels when she declared the South...

  1. November 14, 2011

    Re-engage with Asia, but carefully

    It is not surprising that the US wants to reconnect with Asia. After all, as Barack Obama said at the Asia-Pacific Economic...

  2. November 14, 2011

    Canada: crude options

    Christmas came early for environmentalists this year as the US State Department, succumbing to political pressure, postponed...

  3. November 13, 2011

    Obama pushes Pacific trade agenda at Apec

    Barack Obama has said the US wants to sign what he described as a next-generation trade agreement with nine Asia-Pacific...

  4. November 9, 2011

    Pacific trade deal faces tough choices

    This weekend’s annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) forum in Hawaii will have something more...

  5. November 14, 2010

    Push for Apec trade pact faces barriers

    Doubts have been raised over a renewed Asia-Pacific push for a regional trade agreement amid setbacks to a US-Korean deal...

  6. November 13, 2010

    Brand Korea: soft power, hard sell

    It’s been a big week for dog and pony shows, particularly in Yokohama and Seoul. As both cities wheeled out their best...

  7. November 3, 2010

    Geithner seeks to win Asia support

    The US will on Saturday try to rally Asian nations around an agreement to correct global imbalances, according to a Treasury...

  8. September 9, 2010

    Smaller enterprises are key for regional growth strategy

    Last month, at Beppu – the Japanese city famous for its hot springs – the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) forum...

  9. July 29, 2010

    My visa rejection shows China is shut to business

    From Mr Mark Clifford. Sir, I read with interest the article “Thriving China is ever more open for business”, (July 26) by...

  10. November 14, 2009

    Chinese president defends Beijing's role in global recovery

    Hu Jintao, China's president, mounted a vigorous defence yesterday of the country's role in combating the global economic...

  11. November 13, 2009

    Hu defends China’s role in global recovery

    Hu Jintao, China’s president, on Friday mounted a vigorous defence of the country’s role in combating the global economic...

  12. November 13, 2009

    US lauds stance on exchange rates

    Timothy Geithner, US Treasury secretary, welcomed a commitment by Asia-Pacific ministers to flexible exchange rates even as...

  13. November 10, 2009

    Trade harmony at core of Apec summit

    The first of an estimated 10,000 official visitors began arriving in Singapore at the weekend for the eight-day Asia...

  14. November 9, 2009

    Trade harmony at core of Apec summit

    Officials at the Apec summit venue in Suntec City in Singapore give directions to delegates The first of an estimated 10,000...

  15. October 29, 2009

    Asian summitry that hides a battle for influence

    Asia's annual series of regional summits is rarely calculated to stir the blood. This year, though, the stultifying...

  16. October 28, 2009

    Asian summitry that hides a battle for influence

    Asia’s annual series of regional summits is rarely calculated to stir the blood. This year, though, the stultifying...

  17. November 25, 2008

    Apec leaders agree ban on trade barriers

    Leaders of 21 Pacific rim economies have agreed a 12-month ban on erecting new trade barriers and have pledged to advance...

  18. November 24, 2008

    Apec leaders agree on trade barrier ban

    Leaders of 21 Pacific rim economies have agreed a 12-month ban on erecting new trade barriers and have pledged to advance...

  19. November 22, 2008

    Bush makes last appeal for free trade

    George W Bush, US president, acknowledged the rise of China and other Pacific Rim economies on Saturday, saying the world...

  20. November 22, 2008

    Dr Mari Elka Pangestu

    Dr Mari Elka Pangestu, 52, has been the Indonesian Minister of Trade since 2004. She has led task forces on trade for the...

  21. November 22, 2008

    Bush asks countries to support G20 plan

    George W. Bush will use his last big international event as US president this weekend to push for broader support of the G20...

  22. November 21, 2008

    China’s president urges work toward new financial order

    Hu Jintao, China’s president, urged world leaders on Friday to learn from the global financial crisis and work towards the...

  23. November 19, 2008

    China leader set to sign Peru trade deal

    When Hu Jintao, China's president, arrives in Lima today for the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation forum he will be...

  24. November 18, 2008

    Chinese president to sign Peru trade deal

    When Hu Jintao, China’s president, touches down in Lima on Wednesday, he will be accompanied by the biggest delegation of...

  25. November 7, 2008

    Apec ministers warn against protectionism

    Finance ministers from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum warned on Thursday against rising protectionist...

  26. October 3, 2007

    How flexibility can salvage Doha

    A successful agreement in the Doha round is within reach, but it could slip through our fingers unless a handful of major...

  27. September 10, 2007

    Lines are drawn for warzone of the future

    President George W. Bush last week acknowledged that US government computer networks were vulnerable to attacks by hackers,...

  28. September 10, 2007

    Wallace collection

    How many statues of Wallace and Gromit is too many? Last year Bristol council launched a campaign to erect a monument to...

  29. September 9, 2007

    US lobbies Japan over support in Afghanistan

    George W. Bush has urged Japan to continue its support for US military operations in Afghanistan, amid concern in Washington...

  30. September 9, 2007

    Key advances elude Apec leaders

    Leaders of 21 Pacific Rim economies failed on Sunday to make a breakthrough on climate change or world trade talks, but said...

  31. September 7, 2007

    Observer: Nice guys pullthe best pranks

    Canada's "nice guy" image proved the perfect catalyst for two Australian comedians performing a practical joke at the...

  32. September 6, 2007

    Nice guys pull the best pranks

    Canada’s “nice guy” image proved the perfect catalyst for two Australian comedians performing a practical joke at the...

  33. September 6, 2007

    Summit cool on Bush claim of eco-conversion

    Throughout most of his presidency, George W. Bush has been cast as the villain scheming to thwart international efforts to...

  34. September 5, 2007

    Howard pledges support for US in Iraq

    John Howard, Australia’s prime minister, vowed to keep his country’s forces in Iraq as long as necessary as George W. Bush...

  35. September 4, 2007

    Behind the scenes at Apec

    Sunday, September 9 Farewell to Sydney It was Doha, Declaration and Depart as the 15th annual meeting of leaders from...

  36. September 3, 2007

    US ready to talk tough to get Apec deal

    President George W. Bush will seek to breathe fresh life into the stalled Doha round of international trade negotiations...

  37. August 3, 2007

    Apec warns on rise in protectionism

    Finance ministers from countries accounting for more than half the world’s trade warned on Friday that rising protectionism...

  38. August 2, 2007

    A rock or a hard place

    Kwon O-Kyu, South Korea’s finance minister, must be cursing the capricious unpredictability of currency markets. The yen’s...

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