APEC's CEOs urged to keep faith in 'Abenomics'

Oct 7, 2013

APEC's CEOs urged to keep faith in 'Abenomics'

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tried Monday to persuade Asia-Pacific business leaders to have confidence in his economic strategy, pledging to concurrently pursue growth and fiscal discipline while its central bank buys up government debt to artificially stoke 2 percent inflation. Speaking at a business ...

Oct 6, 2013

Abe off to Bali for APEC, TPP meetings

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left for Indonesia on Sunday to join key defense and trade meetings with Asia-Pacific leaders, where cooperation on creating free trade areas will top the agenda. Abe departed Kansai International Airport after attending a conference in Kyoto. He will later ...

Oct 5, 2013

APEC ministers call for region's greater economic integration

The trade and foreign ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum on Saturday jointly called for the region’s further economic integration as talks on key free trade deals continued on the Indonesian island of Bali. “We reaffirm our commitment to achieve a Free Trade ...

Oct 4, 2013

Xi starts regional charm offensive

Kuala Lumpur AFP-JIJI Chinese President Xi Jinping met Malaysia’s leader Friday as part of a Southeast Asia charm offensive ahead of key regional summits, with analysts saying he “had the floor to himself” after Barack Obama scrapped his Asia tour. Xi’s visit to Malaysia ...

APEC ends prep session without timeline for connectivity target

Oct 3, 2013

APEC ends prep session without timeline for connectivity target

Senior officials of the 21-member Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum concluded preparatory talks Wednesday at a beach resort in Bali, Indonesia, without agreeing on a timeline for creating a “well-connected” region. “Ninety-seven percent of the deliverables proposed during the meeting have been on track ...

Japan's inclusion in FTA talks 'changes balance'

Sep 10, 2013

Japan's inclusion in FTA talks 'changes balance'

by Sayo Sasaki

As a major economy with considerable influence in the Asia-Pacific region, Japan has a key role to play in setting the rules in multiple regional free trade agreements, the head of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation secretariat said. In a recent interview in Tokyo, APEC ...

Sep 5, 2013

APEC mulls infrastructure advances

Transport ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum gathered Thursday in Tokyo to discuss ways to enhance transportation and increase the free flow of people, goods and capital across the region. In the first APEC transport ministers’ meeting held in Japan, ministers and minister-level ...

Apr 21, 2013

APEC ministers discuss free trade as TPP remains in focus

Trade ministers of the APEC forum discussed free trade and ways to facilitate investment as their two-day gathering kicked off Saturday in Indonesia. The meeting coincided with Japan winning formal approval to participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks from all 11 member states ...