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In Asia-Pacific, Trump defends “America first”

Ⓒ POOL/AFP – Anthony WALLACE – | Speech by Donald Trump at the Annual Asia-Pacific Forum (APEC) Annual Summit, Danang, Vietnam, November 10, 2017

“America First”: US President Donald Trump on Friday slammed his campaign slogan into Vietnam, saying the US would “no longer tolerate” unfair trade.

Arrived at midday in the coastal city of Danang for the annual summit of Asia-Pacific Forum countries (APEC), Trump assured that he would not let “the US be abused anymore” .

“We can no longer tolerate chronic commercial abuses,” he said in a whistleblower speech that did not include any new proposals or initiatives.

“I will always put America first in the same way that I hope all of you in this room will give priority to your respective countries,” he added, echoing a formula he had already used at home. the UN platform in September.

Ⓒ AFP – Ye Aung Thu – | Chinese President Xi Jinping on his arrival at Danang Airport (Vietnam) on November 10, 2017, to attend the annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Forum (APEC)

The US president was eagerly awaited in the region by leaders still reeling from the US’s abrupt withdrawal of the Asia Pacific Free Trade Agreement (TPP), decided by Donald Trump just three days after his arrival at the United States. White House.

Faced with the latter, he defended his fingernail and fingernail his decision, hammering that America would no longer sign “great agreements that bind his hands and force him to give up his sovereignty.”

– Xi goes to the crenel –

Seen as a counterbalance to China’s growing influence, this treaty was signed in 2015 after tough negotiations by 12 Asia-Pacific countries representing 40% of the global economy.

Led by Japan, the ministers of economy of the remaining eleven countries have been conducting major negotiations since Thursday, hoping to conclude a new TPP without Washington.

But the negotiations have not yet succeeded, the withdrawal of the United States, considerable weight, forcing countries to reshuffle all the cards.

A few minutes after Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jiping climbed onto the podium to deliver a very different view of the world.

Ⓒ POOL/AFP – Anthony WALLACE – | Donald Trump at the Annual Asia-Pacific Forum (APEC) Annual Summit, Danang, Vietnam, November 10, 2017

Globalization is an “irreversible historical trend,” he said.

The exchanges must be rethought to be “more open, more balanced, more equitable and beneficial for all,” he said, posing as a new champion of free trade.

Reinforced from the last congress of the Communist Party, Xi Jinping is seen as the strongest leader in decades, leading a country that sees itself as a rising power to shake US rule.

China has also announced Friday to expand the access of foreign companies to its financial sector, ending restrictions strongly criticized by the partners of Beijing.

But aside from economic issues, the US president wanted unity with his allies, saying that Asia could not be held hostage by the North Korean regime.

“The future of this region and its wonderful people can not be held hostage by the fantasies of violent conquest of a dictator and by nuclear blackmail,” he said.

Ⓒ Sputnik/AFP – Mikhail KLIMENTYEV – | Russian President Vladimir Putin on his arrival at Danang Airport on November 10, 2017, for the annual summit of the Asia Pacific Forum countries (Apec)

But there will be no meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, contrary to what was mentioned by the two countries.

“No meeting has ever been confirmed, and there will not be any because of the problems of the agenda on both sides,” said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, adding that it was likely that the two leaders cross at the edge of the summit.

In Beijing, along with his Chinese counterpart, Trump on Thursday again called on Moscow to increase pressure on the Pyongyang regime to help resolve “this potentially dramatic situation.”

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, whose country is among the nations discussing a TPP to eleven, lamented the change of “tone” on globalization.

“I see the rise of antiglobalization, I see the rise of nations that are more focused on themselves … there is a lot of questioning during this summit,” he said.

As the United States retreats behind “economic nationalism”, China will take a step forward, said analyst Ian Bremmer of Eurasia Group.

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