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
Hong Kong has been replaced by Beijing as the venue for a meeting of Apec finance ministers and central bankers later this year.26 Feb 2014 - 3:09am 47 comments
Dialogue key over national education
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's decision not to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Russia, which no former chief executive has missed before, shows his priorities are focused on Hong Kong.14 Sep 2012 - 2:26am
Former Australian foreign minister Gareth Evans famously quipped that Apec was "four adjectives in search of a noun". Almost two decades on, not much seems to have changed, with the gathering still lacking a coherent identity within the alphabet soup of Asian institutionalism.14 Sep 2012 - 2:20am
President Hu Jintao yesterday warned of a further slowdown in the Chinese economy and pledged to boost domestic demand to help counter the obstacles hindering a global recovery.
"Economic growth is facing notable downward pressure," Hu said at the Apec summit in Vladivostok. "Some small and medium-sized companies are having a hard time and exporters are facing more difficulties.9 Sep 2012 - 4:06am
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard left the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in Russia early to return home after learning of her father's death.
John Gillard died yesterday in Adelaide, aged 93. Trade Minister Craig Emerson will take Gillard's place representing Australia at Apec meetings for the remainder of the weekend.9 Sep 2012 - 5:14am
Far removed from today's headlines for the most part, a small but highly influential group of major trading countries has been meeting over the past two years to map out the next generation of trade rules for the Asia-Pacific region.6 Sep 2012 - 1:22am
Russia's head lies in Europe while its feet paddle in the Pacific. It is the only European country that is also a Pacific nation, an attribute reflected in its former imperial, and now resurrected, emblem. "The Russian eagle has two heads, looking in two directions at once," the late Arkady Volsky, leading Soviet and post-Soviet industrialist, told me in the late 1990s.4 Sep 2012 - 11:51pm
The Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation grouping was once described by former Australian premier Paul Keating as "a talk shop of debatable output". With the latest Apec summit opening in the Russian city of Vladivostok this month, we will soon be able to judge whether the gathering is more than just a photo opportunity for leaders to pose in gaudy outfits.1 Sep 2012 - 2:46am
Hong Kong's economy contracted 0.1 per cent in the second quarter, reversing the 0.6 per cent quarter-on-quarter growth in the first three months of the year.15 Aug 2012 - 11:27pm