Pacific Summit Ends Without Final Communique Agreement

Xi warns of dangers of conflict while Pence lets fly

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit ends in disarray as trade tensions between the USA and China take center stage.

'Damaging' "By withdrawing from multilateral trade agreements and pursuing unilateral tit-for-tat tariffs that are damaging not just for the United States 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.

When pushed to explain the discord, O'Neill cited Beijing and Washington's differences over the "World Trade Organization and reform of the World Trade Organization".

Pence also said the United States would join Australia to help Papua New Guinea build a navy base on its Manus Island, which was a U.S. base in World War Two.

This is the first time a joint communique will not be delivered by the APEC leaders since the practice began.

Speaking after the 21 members of the APEC group could not agree, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill admitted "the entire world is worried" about tensions between the two superpowers.

The Philippine leader spent another day in Port Moresby to take part in major Apec events, including a photo op, a lunch meeting, and retreat with 20 other world leaders.

"You know the two big giants in the room".

Police and soldiers stormed the country's parliament Tuesday, assaulting staff, smashing windows and demanding unpaid APEC bonuses just days after the worldwide summit wrapped up, police and witnesses said.

With both the USA and China competing in world trade and world aid, Pence signaled the best way to move forward will come when President Trump and President Xi Jinping speak at the G20 summit in Argentina later this month.

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On Saturday, both Pence and Xi made speeches aimed at discrediting each other, and calling into question their motives in the region.

Trump is pressing China to reduce its huge bilateral trade surplus and make sweeping changes to its policies on trade, technology transfers and high-tech industrial subsidies.

Xi hit back at U.S. protectionist trade policies, saying there was a need for global cooperation and trade. "History has shown that confrontation, whether in the form of a cold war, a hot war or a trade war, will produce no winners".

APEC ended in a troubling, but somewhat fitting way.

China, meanwhile, has promised $4 billion of finance to build the the first national road network in Papua New Guinea, among the least urbanized countries in the world.

The APEC meeting was a battlefield cratered by verbal artillery exchanges between the Chinese and US delegations, with Xi complaining about "unilateralism" and "protectionism" and Pence vowing to "hold nations accountable for their unfair economic practices".

Special forces from Australia, the United States and New Zealand were flown in to help the local security efforts in the notoriously unsafe city.

According to the Associated Press, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said after the meeting, "I don't think it will come as a huge surprise that there are differing visions" on trade.

In an example of one of these new opportunities, on Sunday New Zealand announced a joint Papua New Guinea electrification project with Australia, the US, Japan and Papua New Guinea.

The President "affirmed his commitment to continuously take part in and contribute to the Apec Forum, underscoring that the Philippine trade with Apec economies comprise 84 percent of the country's total trade worldwide", he said.

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