High drama at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. Intrigue ranged from the petty to the profound. According to AFP, Chinese officials had to be escorted out of the Papua New Guinean Foreign Ministry after attempting to force their way in. (Beijing has denied this version of events.) More important, for the first time in its 29-year history, APEC ended its annual summit without releasing a joint statement because, according to several accounts, China would not endorse it. The government felt that a certain line – “We agree to fight protectionism, including all unfair trade practices” – unfairly singled out China. Nor could China feel good about its prospects for resolving its trade dispute with the U.S. After the summit, Washington announced a $1.7 billion deal to provide electricity to Papua New Guinea. Meanwhile, China said it would let Tonga delay payment on overdue debts. The decision comes a day before Xi Jinping departs for a visit to Brunei and the Philippines,
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