As Apec host, China can show the world a more open side

Open to change

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

Illustration: Emilio Rivera

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

Russia’s Putin enjoys vodka-laced birthday diplomacy

Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (right) plays his guitar as Apec leaders sing during a surprise birthday party for Russia's President Vladimir Putin (left). Photo: EPA

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

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono delivers the opening keynote address at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia. Photo: EPA

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

US Secretary of State John Kerry is leading the US delegation to the Apec summit. Photo: AP

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

After days of speculation following the partial shutdown of the US government, US President Barack Obama has bowed out of the APEC and East Asia summits. Photo: AFP

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

Indonesia Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi (second left) delivers a speech at the opening of the Apec High Level Meeting on Health and The Economy in Nusadua, Bali. Photo: EPA

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

Real estate agents surround property-buyers to persuade them to buy into other property projects. APEC has raised a red flag about surging property prices in Asia, urging policy makers to prevent asset bubbles. Photo: SCMP

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

Lien Chan speaks after the Apec summit in Russia. Photo: AFP

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

Chinese President Hu Jintao. Photo: Xinhua

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

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. Photo: Reuters

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

Activists with Chinese and Taiwanese flags are arrested by Japanese police after landing on a disputed island on August 15. Photo: AP

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin inspects Vladivostok airport ahead of the Apec summit this week. Photo: AFP

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

Little in hand following Clinton visit, China looks to Apec summit

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit concludes with no clear results, ahead of an Apec summit this weekend.

6 Sep 2012 - 10:13am