US shutdown helps China take APEC center stage

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US Secretary of State John Kerry is welcomed at the APEC Summit in Bali, Indonesia. He flew there on behalf of US President Barack Obama who is engaged at home

Taking advantage of the US government shutdown, China has taken center stage of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Indonesia and proposed a ‘maritime silk route’ connecting China and South East Asia, the Times of India wrote.

US President Barack Obama has cancelled his visit to the APEC summit and dispatched secretary of state John Kerry to the meeting because of the budget crisis at home.

“China cannot develop in isolation of the Asia-Pacific and the Asia-Pacific cannot prosper without China,” Chinese President Xi Xinping said, suggesting that countries in the region may need Chinese cooperation more than they need US backing.

Beijing is also hoping the enhanced cooperation on the proposed maritime silk route will soften the adverse impact of its disputes with five sea neighbors over ownership of islands, sources said.

Xi has signed over $100 billion worth of contracts during his recent tours of Central Asia and South East Asia indicating a sharp spurt in Beijing’s efforts to woo the Asian market. More deals are in the pipeline as Chinese premier Li Keqiang is due to begin on a four nation tour that would include Thailand and Vietnam on Wednesday.

The enhanced focus on Asian markets might augur well for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s forthcoming visit to Beijing, which is expected to take place on October 23. India and China are expected to ink some major agreements covering prickly issues like market access during the visit.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry is welcomed at the APEC Summit in Bali, Indonesia. He flew there on behalf of US President Barack Obama who is engaged at home

Taking advantage of the US government shutdown, China has taken center stage of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Indonesia and proposed a ‘maritime silk route’ connecting China and South East Asia, the Times of India wrote.

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APEC 2013 summit in Indonesia
US Secretary of State John Kerry is welcomed at the APEC Summit in Bali, Indonesia. He flew there on behalf of US President Barack Obama who is engaged at home

Taking advantage of the US government shutdown, China has taken center stage of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Indonesia and proposed a ‘maritime silk route’ connecting China and South East Asia, the Times of India wrote.

US President Barack Obama has cancelled his visit to the APEC summit and dispatched secretary of state John Kerry to the meeting because of the budget crisis at home.

“China cannot develop in isolation of the Asia-Pacific and the Asia-Pacific cannot prosper without China,” Chinese President Xi Xinping said, suggesting that countries in the region may need Chinese cooperation more than they need US backing.

Beijing is also hoping the enhanced cooperation on the proposed maritime silk route will soften the adverse impact of its disputes with five sea neighbors over ownership of islands, sources said.

Xi has signed over $100 billion worth of contracts during his recent tours of Central Asia and South East Asia indicating a sharp spurt in Beijing’s efforts to woo the Asian market. More deals are in the pipeline as Chinese premier Li Keqiang is due to begin on a four nation tour that would include Thailand and Vietnam on Wednesday.

The enhanced focus on Asian markets might augur well for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s forthcoming visit to Beijing, which is expected to take place on October 23. India and China are expected to ink some major agreements covering prickly issues like market access during the visit.

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