APEC 2015: Change is in the Air

By Dan Steinbock

Despite diplomatic missteps, APEC 2015 could pave way to regional peace and development. The triangular perspectives of Washington, Beijing and Manila tell the story.

 

Washington’s Exclusive Policies

apec-2015-featured-537x350In Washington’s view, President Obama’s presence in the Asia Pacific Cooperation (APEC) Summit was vital to underscore America’s sustained commitment to the region. With its recovery, the US has some wind in its sails. It also enjoys the success of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, although the devil is in the details.

While all 12 participating countries are likely to ratify the agreement in the first half of 2016, the most significant risk involves passage through the US Congress amid election year. Moreover, the TPP excludes the economic engines of the 21st century: China, India and Indonesia.

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