APEC Philippines 2015 News & Updates

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    I decided to post this news here because if I post this in that "other" forum, certain people will just derail it, and I am beginning to get tired of their antics.

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    APEC 2015: Arrival of economy leaders
    Rappler.com

    Published 11:24 AM, November 17, 2015

    Updated 3:52 PM, November 17, 2015


    MANILA, Philippines – At least 13 economic leaders fly to Manila for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit on Tuesday, November 17.

    US President Barack Obama arrived at 11:30 am Tuesday, followed by South Korea President Park Geun-Hye and Chinese President Xi Jinping past noon.

    The leaders of Peru, Vietnam, and Mexico arrived Tuesday morning.

    Watch it on Rappler. – Rappler.com

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    World leaders to don pineapple shirts for Philippines Apec summit
    The traditional barong shirts have been made to suit the build and posture of each leader as Filipino designer bids to break run of summit fashion disasters

    Agence France-Presse
    Tuesday 17 November 2015 06.11 GMT


    Star Trek suits are out and pineapple shirts are in as the Philippines seeks to keep the world’s most powerful leaders off the list of summit fashion disasters.

    Boldly ignoring the ridicule levelled at past costumes, the Philippines is continuing the spotty tradition of dressing the heads of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) nations in the host country’s national garment.

    Paul Cabral, the renowned Filipino designer, laboured for four months creating a traditional “barong” shirt for each of the 21 Apec leaders, embroidered with individual symbols of their country.

    The shirts, semi-sheer and partially made from pineapple fibre, will be worn at the summit opening in Manila on Wednesday.

    But shaking off the Apec red carpet’s reputation as a worst-dressed parade will be a tall order for Cabral if past attempts are anything to go by.

    Last year, the tunics worn by the leaders in China went viral on social media for resembling Star Trek uniforms.

    In the aftermath of the global financial crisis in 2008, the ponchos worn by the leaders in Peru were ridiculed as potato sacks, while global power players looked visibly uncomfortable two years earlier as they shuffled onto the stage for a photo-op wearing Vietnam’s “ao dai” tunics.

    The tradition harks back to 1993 when US president Bill Clinton put his Apec colleagues in leather bomber jackets – the kind worn by second world war fighter pilots.

    The “barong tagalog” holds a special place in a Filipino man’s closet, reserved for special events like weddings. It also serves as his burial shroud.

    The cloth is made from the hard, spiked leaves from the pineapple’s crown, which are pounded and dried.

    For the leaders’ shirts, Cabral mixed it with silk to make it more comfortable.

    “This summit is the best showcase for the barong and for Filipino talent,” Cabral told AFP at his atelier in Manila, as he marked the finished garments for delivery to the presidential palace.

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    “The whole world is your audience, nothing can be more grandiose than that.”

    Cabral said he was confident that his design would not be the butt of jokes.

    “I’m not at all worried. I just concentrated on my job,” he said.

    Cabral said he studied the Apec leaders’ posture to come up with a design that both represents their country and suits their build.

    US president Barack Obama’s tall frame will be draped with bold patterns from American renaissance architecture, he said.

    The shirt of China’s Xi Jinping features tall bamboo with cascading leaves while Malaysia’s Najib Razak boasts warrior shields from Sarawak.

    But the most important detail in the shirts for those wearing them may not be the intricate embroidery. Cabral said he secretly sewed a satin lining on the tough collars to prevent itching.

    “We want the leaders to be comfortable,” Cabral said.

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    http://www.theguardian.com/world/20...-pineapple-shirts-for-philippines-apec-summit
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    Obama arrives in Manila for APEC
    By Rosette Adel (philstar.com)
    Updated November 17, 2015 - 11:42am


    MANILA, Philippines – Straight from G-20 Leaders’ Summit in Antalya, Turkey, United States (US) President Barack Obama on Tuesday morning arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Balagbag Ramp Area to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit this week.

    Obama was welcomed by US Ambassador Philip Goldberg, Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia and Secretary of Department of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin. The US president will hold a Summit Dialogue at the Makati Shangri-la on Wednesday morning.

    This is the second time Obama visited the Philippines. He paid a two-day state visit to Manila on April 28, 2014 as part of his four-nation Asia tour.

    In his visit last year, the US and the Philippines discussed the signed Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), a 10-year pact allowing the US military to set up camps inside major military bases of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and store weapons and materiel. EDCA is currently being challenged at the Supreme Court.

    Last week, reports surfaced that even if the South China Sea dispute and EDCA are not part of the APEC agenda, President Benigno Aquino III and Obama will still discuss the matters on the sidelines of the summit.

    According to a report from The STAR, Goldberg disclosed that Obama and Aquino will tackle EDCA in a bilateral meeting on Wednesday.

    Apart from his dialogue and bilateral meeting, the White House noted that Obama will visit a “coastal facility” as a show of his country's maritime cooperation with the Philippines.

    The White House also said he will have his first face-to-face meetings with new prime ministers of Canada and Australia, Justin Trudeau and Malcolm Turnbull.

    Obama, the first African-American president of the US, was the only one to arrive at the Balagbag Ramp Area of NAIA.

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    http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2015/11/17/1522875/obama-arrives-manila-apec
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    Nice clothes, I like how the shirts are breathable. They look classy too.

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    APEC 2015 sets four priority directions

    Priority 1: Enhancing the Regional Economic Integration Agenda

    Priority 2: Fostering Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)

    Priority 3: Investing in Human Capital Development

    Priority 4: Building Sustainable and Resilient Communities

    The link contains the whole agenda, I didn't want to post the whole thing.

    http://www.mb.com.ph/apec-2015-sets-four-priority-directions/
     
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    US, China battle for influence at Apec summit
    Agence France-Presse

    07:20 AM November 18th, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines — Asia-Pacific leaders will meet in Manila Wednesday for a summit meant to forge trade unity but with the spotlight instead on a tense contest for territory in the South China Sea.

    The two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) gathering will be attended by regional leaders, including US President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

    While the 21-nation group’s mission is to promote trade, the run-up to the annual event has already been dominated by the South China Sea, home to some of the world’s most important shipping lanes.



    China assertiveness

    Smaller regional nations, including summit host the Philippines, are rattled by China’s increasing assertiveness in the strategic waterway.

    These actions have included a spate of island building on disputed reefs and shoals, and many Asian nations are looking to Washington for support.

    That wish was granted on Tuesday when Obama flew in to Manila and announced more than $250 million in maritime aid to its Southeast Asian allies — including the offer of a warship to the Philippines, one of Beijing’s most vocal critics.

    APEC now accounts for more than half of global economic output and nearly half of world trade thanks in part to the growth spurt of China, which wants to lead Asian economies.



    Asia pivot


    Washington is keen to shore up support among its Asia-Pacific allies as it tries to push its much distracted “pivot” towards the region — including the recently agreed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal.

    Obama is expected to heavily promote the TPP in Manila on Wednesday, with a speech to a pre-summit conference and a meeting with the leaders of the other 11 nations who signed up.

    But once again Obama’s trip to the region — the ninth of his presidency so far — has been blunted by events in the Middle East, with Paris mourning the loss of at least 129 people in a rampage claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.

    Many leaders attending the Manila summit flew in from a gathering of the Group of 20 top economies in Turkey that also focused heavily on defeating IS and bringing peace to Syria.



    Paris attack

    Philippine Foreign Minister Albert Del Rosario said on Tuesday ministers who met to prepare for the leaders’ summit had been in unison in expressing anger over the Paris attacks.

    “Everyone who spoke, spoke the same language,” he told reporters.

    A draft APEC declaration due to be released on Thursday and seen by AFP condemned the Paris attacks, describing them as “atrocities that demand a united voice from the global community”.

    Philippine authorities, which had already deployed more than 20,000 security forces for the summit, said security had been ratcheted up even higher because of the Paris attacks.

    Significant chunks of the notoriously congested city have been closed off to traffic, allowing VIP delegates to experience an unclogged Manila but forcing angry commuters to suffer even longer travel times than usual.

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    That was a close one. Looks like a terror attack was stopped. Good work by the security forces and intelligence.

    What kind of big deals were made at APEC this year? You know more than us I presume.

    They had these badass chairs at the summit:

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    I like how the Philippines didn't shy away from displaying its cultural identity. Seems like a nice and hospital country. Energetic people full of life.

     
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    Well that Afghan had said to be a sympathizer of ISIS, and given that the terrorist attacks in Paris occurred a few days before the APEC summit here in Manila had began, it is not surprising that someone with ill intentions will go here and target an event where some of the most powerful leaders would have a meeting.

    Though the Chinese government should be "thankful" that the PH authorities didn't allow some Chinese to get near to Xi Jinping.
     
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