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  • Nov 29, 2014
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As Apec host, China can show the world a more open side

When the Hong Kong government tersely announced this week that the central government had decided to change the location and timing of a key meeting of Apec finance ministers from Hong Kong to Beijing this September, the rumours began to fly.

Friday, 28 February, 2014, 4:21am 1 comment

Apec card opens doors to shorter immigration queues - but not all

If you want to flash a bolt of electricity through any conversation among business executives in Asia, there can be few safer ways than mentioning the Apec Business Travel Card (ABTC). It seems to provoke passions wherever it goes.

27 Feb 2014 - 5:55pm 2 comments

Hong Kong ideal to host infrastructure bank, says JP Morgan chief

The Hong Kong government should grab the opportunity to make the city the home for the new Asian infrastructure investment bank proposed by President Xi Jinping during his trip to Southeast Asia last week, says a top banker and influential political adviser to Beijing.

11 Oct 2013 - 4:40pm 5 comments

Russia’s Putin enjoys vodka-laced birthday diplomacy

In perhaps an unprecedented burst of birthday diplomacy, Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrated turning 61 by quaffing vodka, wolfing down cake and being serenaded by some of the world’s most powerful men.

8 Oct 2013 - 8:51pm 1 comment

Asia-Pacific leaders seek ways to foster growth

Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is urging Asian business and political leaders to do more to counter the economic headwinds confronting developing countries by dismantling barriers to trade and investment.

6 Oct 2013 - 12:05pm

With Obama in US, China's leaders Xi and Li in spotlight at summits

Chinese leaders look set to steal the show at two key regional forums next week as the White House announced the cancellation of US President Barack Obama's trip to Southeast Asia.

5 Oct 2013 - 4:39am 1 comment

Shutdown forces Obama to cancel trip to Asian summits

President Barack Obama scrapped trips to two key Asian summits on Thursday, blaming the US government shutdown for the cancelation of a tour designed to advance a central prong of his foreign policy.

4 Oct 2013 - 4:51pm 1 comment

Apec can forge role at heart of region's economic integration

Travellers in Bali are often asked two questions: where did you come from; and, where are you going? This week, after almost two decades, the Apec economic leaders' meeting will return to Indonesia, the birthplace of the so-called Bogor Goals of free and open trade and investment in the region, set in 1994.

1 Oct 2013 - 5:25pm

APEC warns against currency devaluations, property bubble

Asia Pacific economies must refrain from competitive currency devaluations and are vulnerable to speculative buying in the housing market, the APEC grouping’s research arm said.

18 Apr 2013 - 2:59pm

Academics may discuss cross-strait peace deal

Beijing has given a positive response to a proposal by the honorary chairman of Taiwan's Kuomintang, Lien Chan, that progress towards a cross-strait peace treaty could start with academic discussion of the issue.

13 Sep 2012 - 3:30am

Hu warns Japan over planned purchase of Diaoyu islands

President Hu Jintao talked for 15 minutes with the Japanese prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, yesterday in their first meeting since bilateral ties deteriorated because of an escalating row over a chain of disputed islands in the East China Sea.

10 Sep 2012 - 2:50pm

Noda pursues 'corridor diplomacy' over Diaoyus with China

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has denied that any formal meetings with the leaders of China or South Korea have been arranged on the sidelines of this weekend's AsiaPacific Economic Co-operation forum in Vladivostok, Russia.

8 Sep 2012 - 4:02am

PLA peace offensive moves east after India success

The Chinese military's peace offensive this week continues now in several countries throughout Southeast Asia.

7 Sep 2012 - 8:26am

Hu-Noda talks unlikely after reports Japan has agreed to buy Diaoyus

The leaders of China and Japan are unlikely to hold formal talks on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit in Russia this weekend because of rising territorial tensions in the East China Sea.

7 Sep 2012 - 4:26am

Russia bets billions on turn towards Asia with Apec summit

Once a mysterious closed city during Soviet times, Vladivostok is ready to strut in the world spotlight as host of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am