Worldwide leaders and trade partners attending the November 6-11 summit in the central coastal city of Da Nang "should call on Vietnamese authorities to end the government's systematic persecution of peaceful critics", said Human Rights Watch (HRW). The declaration pledged APEC's intent to achieve free and open trade and investment by 2010 for industrialized economies, and 2020 for developing economies.
Soong arrived in Da Nang, however, without a key member of his delegation to the APEC summit, delegation spokesman and chief adviser John Deng (鄧振中).
The notion of establishing a forum for promoting sustainable economic growth and regional cooperation in the Asia-Pacific was first raised by former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke in 1989 in response to the growing interdependence of the region and the advent of regional trade blocs in other parts of the world.
APEC leaders at their upcoming summit are expected to center their discussions on four issues, including creation of new drivers for Asia-Pacific economic integration, partly by supporting the multilateral trading system and pushing forward free and open trade and investment, an APEC official told Xinhua on Tuesday.
Observers asserted that it is time for the region to prepare for the post-2020 vision, which centers on linkage and integration, trade investment and services liberalization, associated with the requirements of sustainable development.
The senior officials agreed to propose the APEC ministers and leaders consider endorsing documents of strategic significance which are related to APEC 2017 theme and its four priorities, Son said, noting that the documents will put forth orientations for cooperation in Asia-Pacific in the coming years.
One, to create new dynamism for sustainable, innovative and inclusive growth of Apec member economies. "They remain important to this day, and we do need to have this sort of continuity from year to year to keep the talks going, as many of these issues are long-term in nature".
"Fully aware of the importance of the close relations between Vietnam and APEC, Vietnam has always made active and responsible contributions to the work of the forum over the past 20 years", Tran said.
Entering the phase of comprehensive reforms, Vietnam wishes, through the hosting of Apec 2017, to reaffirm its foreign policy of diversification, multilateralisation of global relations and intensive worldwide integration.
Soong, a veteran politician who chairs the opposition People First Party (PFP), is also hopeful of meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) during the summit.
APEC is a 21-member group comprising Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam.
APEC is an worldwide trading bloc, that comprises more than a half of the world's GDP and 49% of world trade.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries, from which the United States withdrew in January, will meet on Friday.