APEC Leaders Fail To Come To 'Agreement' On Traditional Summit Communique
Foreign leaders have been unable to come to an 'agreement' on their traditional APEC communique, forcing host nation Papua New Guinea to release a "Chair Consensus" according to Canadian PM, Justin Trudeau.
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- Foreign leaders have been unable to come to an 'agreement' on their traditional APEC communique, forcing host nation Papua New Guinea to release a "Chair Consensus" according to Canadian PM, Justin Trudeau.
"We had a broad consensus on a range of issues... but I don’t think it will come as a huge surprise that there are different views on the issue of trade," Trudeau said at a press conference inside the International Media Centre.
It's thought the failure to reach an agreement on the communique is unprecedented.
It was the culmination of an at times tense two days, that saw American Vice President, Mike Pence, heavily criticise China during a speech for its so called 'debt diplomacy', intellectual property theft and militarisation of crucial islands in the South China Sea.
China's President Xi Jinping also singled America out for its hostile trade war that threatens to unsettle the region.
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Incredibly, four Chinese delegates also reportedly tried to storm the Papua New Guinean Foreign Minister's office on Saturday, demanding a face-to-face meeting over the communiques' wording.
They were not allowed in and security was called.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told travelling journalists that when it came to trade and tensions, "it's in everybody's interest for these matters to be resolved".
He also welcomed the United State's announcement that it would join with our government to develop a PNG naval base at Lombrum on Manus Island, but wouldn't reveal how much it would cost or over what period.
"We haven't made those announcements yet and when we are in a position to do so, we will," he said.
Australia today announced it will lead the way and join with New Zealand, America and Japan in providing funding to expand PNG's electricity grid.
Currently just 13 percent of Papua New Guineans have reliable access to electricity, the goal is to expand that to 70 percent by 2030.
"Unlike many of our friends in the APEC community, PNG continue to live in the dark," said PNG's PM, Peter O'Neil.
"Australia will always be a deep and committed partner to the people of PNG. It goes beyond economics, it goes beyond trade, it goes beyond everything. It is a deep seeded family commitment to the people of Papua NG and they know they will always be able to rely on upon," said Morrison.
Tonight Morrison will also hold an APEC barbecue for many leaders. The menu includes kangaroo and Australian barramundi.
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