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The government of Chile has cancelled plans to host a pair of international meetings scheduled for November and December, because of continuing violent demonstrations. UN officials are scrambling to re-set a climate change conference scheduled for December. But next month’s regional trade meeting known as APEC may be cancelled — and that will have ripple effects.

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Seven months after Papua New Guinea hosted the APEC summit, it has yet to sell off a fleet of Maseratis and Bentleys it purchased to provide VIP transportation. Initially, government officials promised that the cars would sell “like hotcakes.” 

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When the APEC Summit failed to agree on what’s usually a routine final statement over the weekend, much of the blame was leveled at differences between the United States and China on trade. But the two great powers were competing on many levels.

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The politics of trade remain a top priority for the Trump Administration, and that is having an impact on the rest of the Asia Pacific. Vice President Mike Pence represented the United States at the recent APEC meetings, which in many ways set the stage for another international gathering later this month.

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40 custom- built Maseratis arrived in Port Moresby on two charted 747s late last week – the luxury cars were bought by the government of Papua New Guinea to serve as VIP transport during next month’s APEC summit and the splurge has attracted criticism.


President Donald Trump has been traveling in Asia for nearly two weeks – wrapping up the last day of his trip today. His final stop was the Philippines, following the APEC leaders’ summit meeting in Vietnam. And while a lot of publicity from those two gatherings revolved around Trump, it was also a critical week of diplomacy for China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The White House announced today that Donald Trump will make his first visit to Hawai‘i as President in November. It’s part of the president’s first official trip to the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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President of Russia Via CC

President Obama has wrapped up the last foreign trip of his presidency. His final stop was Peru—for the annual meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum---APEC. It’s an event that always gets a lot of media attention around the Asia Pacific—but this year’s meeting included a different tone. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

APEC has always played heavily on symbolism—from the clothing to the closing statements.  There’s the “class photo” with leaders posed in some local attire---this year in Peru it was the serape, a sort of shawl.