Duterte now in Papua New Guinea for APEC meet

Ambo who has lived at a safe house for eight years in Goroka Papua New Guinea

Ambo who has lived at a safe house for eight years in Goroka Papua New Guinea Oct. 25

"Attempts to erect barriers and cut close economic ties work against the laws of economics and the trends of history".

Based on his revised schedule released by the Palace, the President will no longer attend several activities of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit on November 18, the second day of the annual talks. He warned against confrontation in the form of a trade war or Cold War.

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"We're in a very strong position, " Pence said when asked whether there was a deadline to end the trade war.

China has been showering billions of dollars in infrastructure loans on island nations in the Pacific, a region that is vital to worldwide shipping and provides a stepping stone to project military and economic power.

Pence, speaking at the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, showed no hint of compromise.

"The United States offers a better option".

The shadow of protectionism and unilaterism is hanging over global growth, Xi said, joining his global counterparts in urging free trade.

"By withdrawing from multilateral trade agreements and pursuing unilateral tit-for-tat tariffs that are damaging not just for the USA and China, but for the broader regional and global trading system, the Trump administration is putting itself at odds with America's Asian allies and partners", he said.

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Trump's withdrawal from the TPP past year and his push for bilateral trade deals are causing concern among allies, according to Ashley Townshend, director of the foreign policy and defense program at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

In his own address, Xi defended the policy, saying there was no "hidden political agenda...nor is it a trap as some people have labelled it".

"[Pence and Xi] represent the two biggest economies that are part of the APEC group", he said.

In his speech, the Chinese president spoke against unilateralism and trade protectionism - veiled swipes at the Trump Administration's America First trade policies.

"It is the bilateral meetings, the sideline meetings that perhaps tell us more about what's going on here", Thomas said.

The anti-protectionism sentiment was also echoed by the Chinese president, Xi Jinping.

It is a small country, small economy, but with huge potential.

"So, just [as] with aid and investment, food and drinks receptions come with strings attached".

Trump and Xi are due to meet at a G20 meeting in Argentina late this month, raising some hope that trade tension could ease. "The American people know that we have to do something to reset this relationship with China economically".

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