The APEC summit for the first time in 25 years, ended without a final Declaration

The APEC summit for the first time in 25 years has passed without the adoption of the final Declaration of the leaders. The reason for this was disagreement between China and the United States, argued on the principles of world trade

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The APEC summit in Papua New Guinea for the first time since 1993, ended without a final Declaration countries, reports The Straits Times. The reason was the controversy that arose in the course of negotiations.

The publication indicates that in the first place we are talking about the differences between the US and China. At the final press-conference the journalists asked about the reasons for the rejection of the final resolution to the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Peter O’neill. From a direct reply, he evaded, but said: “You all know the two giants in this room”. The key reasons for the differences, according to policy, were the issues associated with the world trade organization and its reform. However, he later added that the differences were present not only between China and the United States, but also between other members of APEC. The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau also called the difficult negotiations between members of the organization on trade issues. “I don’t think it’s a big surprise — that there are different views on specific issues in the field of trade. This has led to a lack of agreement on a final communiqué”, — he explained.

As the newspaper notes, this is the first case when an international organization composed of 21 countries were unable to reach consensus on the final Declaration. Before this document was produced at the end of each summit since 1993.

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