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PNG police, soldiers storm parliament over unpaid APEC bonuses

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea police and soldiers stormed the country's parliament Tuesday, smashing windows and furniture and demanding unpaid APEC bonuses just days after the international summit wrapped up, police and witnesses said.

China downplays failure to reach APEC joint statement

Bejing - Beijing on Monday downplayed the unprecedented fallout from this year's APEC summit, which for the first time ever failed to issue a joint statement after US-China trade tensions boiled over.

Cruising for a bruising: What we learned from the APEC summit

Port Moresby - The annual meeting of leaders from the 21 Asian-Pacific countries produced little in the way of concrete results, but plenty of fireworks on the sidelines.

Police called on diplomats as APEC summit tensions boil over

Port Moresby - Police were called when Chinese officials attempted to "barge" into the office of Papua New Guinea's foreign minister, it emerged Sunday, as APEC summit tensions boiled over.

Divided APEC leaders battle for unity after US, China spat

Port Moresby - Leaders from 21 Asia-Pacific nations battled to paper over gaping differences Sunday after an unusually sharp exchange of words between the group's two most powerful members, the United States and China.

Pence pulls U-turn, will stay overnight in Papua New Guinea

Port Moresby - In a last-minute U-turn, US Vice President Mike Pence will spend the night in Papua New Guinea where he is attending a regional summit, changing plans to fly in and out of Australia which had led to complaints of a lack of committment.

US, China in APEC cruise ship clash on trade, influence

Port Moresby - China and the US crossed swords Saturday ahead of an APEC summit, duelling over protectionism, trade tariffs and "chequebook diplomacy" as they laid out sharply contrasting visions for the Pacific Rim region.

Pelt and road: Tribal welcome for Xi in PNG

Port Moresby - Sporting parrot feathers, possum pelts and seashell necklaces, dozens of people from various tribes in Papua New Guinea serenaded China's president on Friday as he opened a new Chinese-funded road in the poor Pacific Island nation.

APEC summit host urges respect for trade rules

Port Moresby - The leader of Papua New Guinea, host of this year's APEC summit, Friday urged respect for international trade rules by "countries large and small" as spats between the US and China threatened to overshadow the gathering.

US, China clash over WTO at Asia-Pacific meeting

Port Moresby - A bid by Washington to use an upcoming APEC summit to pillory the World Trade Organization has left member states deeply divided on the eve of leaders' arrivals.

'Will APEC make us rich?' Summit confuses PNG hosts

Port Moresby - As Papua New Guinea prepares to make its international summit hosting debut, there are lingering concerns about whether one of the Pacific's poorest countries can afford the cost, and if it is able to take advantage of its time in the sun.

APEC summit: the Xi show by the sea shore

Port Moresby - Hundreds of fluttering red flags, buses emblazoned with "China Aid" logos and even a purpose-built pagoda: driving around Port Moresby, you could be forgiven for thinking that Xi Jinping is hosting this week's APEC summit of Asia-Pacific leaders.

'Like nothing on Earth': APEC's cruise ship summit

- Quoits deck, plunge pools and sunset yoga: for security and logistical reasons, thousands of delegates and journalists attending this year's APEC summit have very unusual quarters -- on hulking cruise ships moored offshore.

Foreign troops pour into PNG capital for APEC meet

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea has deployed a multi-national force of warships, fighter jets and elite counter-terrorism troops to protect world leaders attending a major summit in its crime-plagued capital this week.

Australia revamps Pacific strategy as China looms

Sydney - With an eye on China's growing role in the Pacific, Australia on Thursday announced Aus$3 billion in financial enticements to boost its presence in the region, accompanied by a series of security and political initiatives.

Australian special forces deployed for APEC summit

Sydney - Australia has deployed special forces to Papua New Guinea as part of a large-scale security operation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Port Moresby this November.

Trump to skip Asian regional summits, Pence to travel instead

Washington - US President Donald Trump will not attend regional summits with Asian allies in November but will send Vice President Mike Pence instead, the White House announced Friday.

Smiles and snaps: Trump and Putin's delicate diplomatic dance

Danang - Talks between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, a much-anticipated box office event at an Asia-Pacific summit, were up in the air Saturday as the leaders swapped warm greetings in Vietnam but kept the world guessing on a formal meeting.

Trade ministers agree Asia-Pacific trade pact without US

Danang - Ministers from 11 Asia-Pacific countries agreed Saturday to press ahead with a major trade deal without the United States, as the world's largest economy seeks to go it alone under President Donald Trump's "America First" policy.

'Framework' agreed on Asia-Pacific trade pact without US

Remaining members of a major Pacific trade deal abandoned by the United States have agreed to a new framework after days of stalled talks to revive the pact, Canada's trade minister said Saturday.

Trump says Asia held hostage by N. Korea's 'twisted fantasies'

Danang - US President Donald Trump on Friday said the Asia-Pacific region was being held hostage by the "twisted fantasies" of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, as he called on countries to stand united against Pyongyang.

Philippines' Duterte says he once stabbed someone to death

Danang - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he stabbed a person to death as a teenager, in a defiant speech to promote his drug war ahead of a summit of world leaders in Manila.

Will they, won't they? Confusion still reigns over Trump-Putin meet

Danang - Russia and the United States gave mixed messages on Friday about whether their leaders will meet on the sidelines of a regional summit in Vietnam, with the White House ruling out an encounter but the Kremlin saying it could still happen.

Philippines' Duterte says he once stabbed a person to death

Danang - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he stabbed a person to death as a teenager, in a defiant speech to promote his drug war ahead of a summit of world leaders in Manila.

Trump and Xi lay out competing trade visions at APEC

The leaders of the US and China laid out sharply divergent visions for the future of global trade on Friday, with Donald Trump doubling down on his "America First" rhetoric, leaving counterpart Xi Jinping to defend the "irreversible" tide of globalisat...

Trump and Xi lay out competing trade visions at APEC

The leaders of the US and China laid out sharply divergent visions for the future of global trade on Friday, with Donald Trump doubling down on his "America First" rhetoric, leaving counterpart Xi Jinping to defend the "irreversible" tide of globalisat...

'Trump effect' jams up APEC free trade consensus

Asia-Pacific ministers struggled Thursday to agree on a joint statement on free trade, a rare tussle over a normally routine document that highlights how Donald Trump's protectionist "America First" stance is knotting up global trade relations.

America first? Global trade on the block as Trump heads to APEC

Danang - The future of global trade comes under the microscope this week as Donald Trump addresses Asia-Pacific leaders in Vietnam, a visit that will be carefully examined for clues as to how his "America First" mantra will guide US engagement with the world.

Death toll from Vietnam typhoon rises to 61

Danang - The death toll from typhoon downpours and floods wreaking havoc along Vietnam's south-central coast has risen to 61, an official said Tuesday, as the country opens its doors to world leaders for this week's APEC summit.

Trump to attend ASEAN summit in Manila after all

Washington - President Donald Trump has backed away from a threat to skip the summit with South East Asian leaders in the Philippines later this year, with the White House now saying he will attend.
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