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Sino-US ties top agenda of Obama's Asian tour

Barack Obama's globetrotting has finally brought him to Asia. The US president will have his hands full.

Saturday, 14 November, 2009, 12:00am

Apec should produce more than just fluff

The Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation grouping should be a community, its 21 nations working together to improve the lives of the region's people. Instead, its annual forum has ended with watered-down agreements and discord, proving right the critics who contend it is just a talk-shop.

10 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Apec summit ready to push for Asia-Pacific food safety body

The mainland is facing a regional push to create an Asia-Pacific food safety body at next week's Apec summit in Sydney.

With concern mounting about the quality controls on mainland exports, foreign and trade ministers will consider launching a taskforce to unify members' food safety regulations when they are due to meet next Wednesday.

29 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

In Brief

Apec faster immigration scheme under way

14 May 2004 - 12:00am

Big picture

The Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum was established in the 1980s and was the first regional meeting featuring mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan in the same room. Each had their own Chinese translators. How times have changed.

6 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Security matters, but Apec is still about trade

The annual gathering of leaders from the 21 nations of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum has, over the years, earned itself a reputation for style over substance. There was no shortage of the former at this year's two-day summit in Bangkok, which ended yesterday.

22 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

War on terror 'will not dominate talks'

US President George W. Bush has sought to reassure China, hosts of this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) forum, that the long-planned summit will not be dominated by the US-led drive against terrorism.

17 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Clinton urges Asia to stay on reform path

United States President Bill Clinton has warned of a worrying, growing sense of complacency towards reforming the global financial infrastructure because of the earlier than expected Asian economic recovery.

13 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

New trade chief for Apec meeting

THE new Director-General of Trade, Joshua Law Chi-kong, will lead a delegation to a meeting in New Zealand of senior officials of Apec. He will assume the office tomorrow. The meeting, to be held next Thursday and Friday, will discuss economic co-operation.

8 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Tung to meet APEC chiefs

Tung Chee-hwa will fly to Kuala Lumpur to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation annual meeting on Sunday. The Chief Executive is expected to have bilateral meetings with the APEC's economic leaders.

13 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

HK to push liberalisation at Apec

Hong Kong will stress the need for commitment to trade liberalisation when its delegation attends next month's Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) forum meetings in Kuala Lumpur, Director-General of Trade Alan Lai Nin said yesterday.

Priority would be given to achieving agreement on early voluntary sector liberalisation (EVSL).

30 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Centre will promote study of open trade

The Asian-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Study Centre, created last year, will come under the umbrella of the School of Business.

It will provide students with academic research on policy issues relating to economic and business development in the region.

17 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Twin-track Apec could drift off chosen course

Businesses might still be awaiting the benefits of Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) but there is ample evidence it is producing plenty of jobs.

A small army of trade officials across the Asia-Pacific region are committed to the committees, sub-committees and myriad forums driving the reform process.

9 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Trade officials plan Apec overhaul as red tape threatens reform process

Trade officials are considering an overhaul of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum because of growing concerns the process of liberalisation could become clogged by bureaucracy, according to a senior Hong Kong trade official.

7 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Apec predicts crisis recovery

THE growth of Apec forum members' economies will be hit by stock and currency market instability but a strong recovery is expected, the forum's Economic Outlook says.

Overall growth should fall moderately to 3.1 per cent next year from 3.4 per cent last year.

Thailand and South Korea have revised growth forecasts downward following the recent turmoil.

23 Nov 1997 - 12:00am