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Obama Embarks on Asia-Pacific Economic Mission

Posted November 11th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is leaving Washington Friday on a nine-day trip to the Asia-Pacific region focused on boosting Washington’s ties with the growing economic power. Mr. Obama will spend the first leg of his journey hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic forum in his birthplace of Honolulu, Hawaii. On the president’s agenda is discussion of a […]

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Clinton Presses China on Trade, Human Rights Issues

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is urging China to allow its currency, the yuan, to appreciate in value, remove barriers to trade and take steps to improve human rights. Secretary Clinton spoke Thursday before the East-West Center in Hawaii, where she is attending a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders. In a wide-ranging speech, Clinton told […]

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Drought Triggers Crisis in Pacific Island Region

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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Two Pacific island groups have declared states of emergency due to a severe lack of fresh water caused by a lingering drought. The 1,400 residents of Tokelau, a territory of New Zealand, are down to a week-long supply of bottled water that was delivered last Saturday from Samoa. The independent nation of Tuvalu, meanwhile, has […]

Threat of Rising Seas Dominates Pacific Islands Forum

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 2:41 am (UTC-5)
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Pacific island leaders are pressing their appeal for international assistance to deal with rising seawaters caused by global climate change. The issue dominated the opening session Wednesday of the Pacific Island Forum in New Zealand. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and senior officials from the European Union, France, China, Indonesia, and the United States are […]

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US Military Holds Pacific Emergency Response Workshop

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. military’s Pacific Command has completed its first-ever regional emergency response forum involving more than 20 Asia-Pacific nations and organizations. The command held its four-day Pacific Endeavor workshop at Singapore’s Changhai Naval Base last week. The workshop brought together national militaries from across the Pacific region, as well as non-governmental organizations and academic and […]

UN Report: Asia-Pacific Recovers from Global Financial Crisis

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations report released Monday says export recovery has led the Asia-Pacific region out of the 2009 global economic and financial crisis. The Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report says trade in the region has returned to pre-crisis levels, while foreign direct investment flows have also fully recovered in selected parts of the region, particularly […]

ADB: Resource-Rich Pacific Economies Thrive While Others Lag

Posted July 17th, 2011 at 10:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The Asian Development Bank released a report Monday saying resource-rich Pacific economies will expand strongly this year, while the rest of the region is set to remain subdued. The report projects growth in the Pacific region will reach 6.4 percent in 2011 before moderating to 5.5 percent in 2012. The oil exporting economies of Papua […]

Week-Long TPP Session Opens in Vietnam

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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Trade negotiators from nine countries are meeting in Vietnam at the start of a five-day free trade bargaining session. The talks, which opened in Ho Chi Minh City Monday, are aimed at reaching broad agreement on terms of the so-called Trans Pacific Partnership ahead of a November summit in Hawaii. The countries have already agreed […]

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