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New Zealand to host APEC 2021 as cyber-summit

Jun 30, 2020 - 3:19 PM

'We simply can't guarantee what will be possible by the end of next year... we need to provide certainty, as a host, about how we'll operate and that's what we've done,' New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says

JACINDA ARDERN. In this file photo taken on April 20, 2020 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at a post-Cabinet media conference at Parliament House in Wellington. File photo by Mark Mitchell/AFP

PNG police, soldiers storm parliament over unpaid APEC bonuses

Nov 20, 2018 - 1:08 PM

A witness outside parliament says 'hundreds of police and troops' are standing on the building's front steps complaining that they have not been paid a special APEC duty allowance of 350 kina (US$104)

AFTER APEC. This file photo taken on November 5, 2018 shows Papua New Guinea police on parade in Port Moresby, the host city for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit from November 17. File photo by Ness Kerton/AFP

APEC leaders divided after U.S., China spat

Nov 18, 2018 - 11:04 AM

(4th UPDATE) For the first time in the history of the APEC grouping, leaders were unable to agree on a formal written declaration amid sharp differences over trade policy

APEC SUMMIT. (L-R) Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Chile's President Sebastian Pinera, China's President Xi Jinping, Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, US Vice President Mike Pence, Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo and Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam wave with (back row L to R) Mexico's Undersecretary of Foreign Trade Juan Carlos Baker, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (hidden behind Trudeau), Peru's Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Taiwan's representative Morris Chang (hidden behind Widodo) as they pose for a "family photo" during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Port Moresby on November 18, 2018. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Duterte changes plans, decides to finish APEC Summit

Nov 18, 2018 - 9:45 AM

(UPDATED) 'Narito, hindi naman umuwi kagabi. He wants to attend the meeting,' says Philippine Ambassador to Papua New Guinea Bienvenido Tejano

DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte attends the International Monetary Fund Informal Dialogue with Leaders at the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea on November 18, 2018. Screenshot from RTVM

Protectionism 'doomed to failure': China's Xi says in swipe at U.S.

Nov 17, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping stresses that there will be no winners from a trade war or a new cold war amid increasing rivalry between the world's top two economies

AMID TENSIONS. Chinese President Xi Jinping warns against protectionism ahead of APEC Summit 2018. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

APEC summit: The Xi show by the sea shore

Nov 14, 2018 - 7:53 PM

Papua New Guinea is this week's host of the APEC summit, but looking around Port Moresby you could easily mistake that it is China's Xi Jinping who is calling the shots.

This picture taken on November 13, 2018 shows a guard (R) standing by a newly built Chinese-style gate at the hotel where Chinese President Xi Jinping and his delegation will stay, ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Port Moresby.  Saeed KHAN / AFP

HOAX: Kris Aquino wears ‘Imelda Marcos’ necklace’

Aug 22, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Kris Aquino had previously denied that the necklace she wore to the APEC Summit dinner belonged to Imelda Marcos

Trump says Putin 'means it' with U.S. election meddling denials

Nov 12, 2017 - 8:29 AM

Trump says he repeatedly asked Putin about the claims during their chats at the APEC summit in Vietnam

BACKED. US President Trump says he believes in Russia President Putin. AFP Photo

Duterte 'sure' Trump won't raise drug war killings during PH visit

Nov 12, 2017 - 2:35 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he only received 'words of encouragement' from US President Donald Trump in their first encounter in Vietnam

BACK IN MANILA. President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the media on Sunday, November 12, after his arrival from Vietnam, where the 2017 APEC Summit took place. Screengrab from PTV video

Trump, Putin brush aside U.S. election claims at APEC summit

Nov 11, 2017 - 11:40 PM

The two leaders snatch brief but chummy discussions on the margins of the APEC Summit in Vietnam

PUTIN AND TRUMP. US President Donald Trump (R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk as they make their way to take the 'family photo' during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. Photo by Jorge Silva/Pool/AFP

LOOK: Duterte, other leaders pose for family photo at APEC 2017

Nov 11, 2017 - 11:29 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and 20 other world leaders attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Vietnam

FAMILY PHOTO. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins his fellow leaders from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member countries as they pose for the family photo at the Intercontinental Da Nang Resort in Vietnam on November 11, 2017. All photos by Robinson Niñal Jr/Presidential Photo

N. Korea brands Trump a 'warmonger' as his Asia tour moves to Hanoi

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:04 PM

Trump has repeatedly railed against North Korea as he urges the Asia-Pacific region to take a united front against the threat posed by the isolated nation

TRUMP IN VIETNAM. US President Donald Trump looks on from the presidential limo following his arrival at Hanoi's Noi Bai airport on November 11, 2017. Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Duterte, Putin eye stronger PH-Russia defense cooperation, trade

Nov 11, 2017 - 7:04 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his officials tell President Rodrigo Duterte that Russian companies want to invest in the energy and transportation sectors in the Philippines

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Russian President Vladimir Putin prior to the start of their bilateral meeting at the Vinpearl Da Nang Resort and Villas in Da Nang City, Vietnam on November 10, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Selfie kings: Bong Go, Harry Roque pose with APEC leaders

Nov 11, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Some of the most historic encounters between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and world leaders are documented by top aide Bong Go through selfies

Duterte, Trump meet for the first time

Nov 11, 2017 - 1:29 PM

'See you tomorrow,' US President Donald Trump supposedly tells Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at their first encounter

Trudeau pulls brakes on TPP trade pact in APEC sideline drama

Nov 11, 2017 - 10:18 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Ministers save the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is accused of 'sabotaging' the trade deal that the US has already abandoned.

NOT READY. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's not ready to close the TPP deal. AFP file phot

Roque sorry for tweeting 'Agnes Legarda,' not 'Christine Lagarde'

Nov 10, 2017 - 11:13 PM

(UPDATED) President Duterte's spokesman says he was probably thinking of UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard when he tweeted about IMF head Christine Lagarde

Duterte thanks Putin for weapons aid

Nov 10, 2017 - 4:21 PM

Rusia's military assistance comes 5 months after Duterte's visit to Moscow, which was cut short when the Marawi crisis erupted in May

WATCH: Trump at the APEC CEO Summit 2017

Nov 10, 2017 - 3:01 PM

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Trump and Xi to set out competing trade visions at APEC

Nov 10, 2017 - 12:14 PM

In a day mixing big hitters of politics and business, Trump will share the venue with world leaders including Russia's Vladimir Putin, Japan's Shinzo Abe and China's Xi Jinping, who casts his country as the new architect of global free trade

TRUMP AND THE APEC SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One before flying to Vietnam to attend the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, at Beijing airport on November 10, 2017.  Photo by Jim Watson/ AFP

Environmental group urges Duterte: Tell Justin Trudeau to get back trash

Nov 09, 2017 - 2:13 PM

'We are waiting on the President to make good on his campaign promise to hold Canada and Trudeau accountable for their trash,' says environmental group BAN Toxics, as both leaders attend the APEC Summit in Vietnam

CANADA TRASH. An environmental group renews its call for President Rodrigo Duterte to tell Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to bring back the trash that was illegally dumped in the Philippines in 2013. File photo from Change.org

Duterte arrives in Vietnam for APEC Summit, bilateral meetings

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is set to have bilateral meetings with leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the APEC Summit

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte disembarks from the Philippine Airlines chartered flight upon his arrival at the Da Nang International Airport in Vietnam on November 8, 2017 for his participation in the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM). Malacañan Photo

Duterte to ask China to clarify plans in West PH Sea

Nov 08, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte plans to ask Chinese President Xi Jinping: 'What are the stakes? Do you want to control the passage or do we have the free passage?'


Duterte's response to Trump if he brings up human rights? 'Lay off'

Nov 08, 2017 - 5:56 PM

'I will not go there as a subservient lackey of anyone,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, when asked about his expectations of his first meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Vietnam

President Rodrigo Roa Dutere, in his speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport prior to his departure for Vietnam on November 8, 2017, announces that he will talk about the economic imbalance and the impact of globalization on the countries who have been left behind during the APEC-ASEAN Dialogue. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Rappler Talk: What to expect from the 2017 APEC Summit

Nov 08, 2017 - 9:44 AM

This year's APEC summit will have trade as its top agenda

Duterte, Trump to finally meet in Vietnam APEC summit

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:26 AM

The Philippine President will be in Vietnam from November 8 to 11

27 dead as Typhoon Damrey batters Vietnam

Nov 05, 2017 - 5:19 PM

There are reports of lesser damage around 500 kilometres north in Danang, the coastal city which will host the APEC summit next weekend

TYPHOON DAMREY. Vietnamese soldiers help rescue a sunken fishing boat on a river in the central province of Phu Yen on November 5, 2017, a day after Typhoon Damrey hit central Vietnam. AFP PHOTO / Vietnam News Agency

Duterte avoided Obama at APEC to prevent 'awkward situation'

Dec 13, 2016 - 7:36 AM

I did not have a bum stomach; do not believe it That was just an excuse says President Rodrigo Duterte who had been criticized for missing key events in his first APEC meeting

'AWKWARD SITUATION.' Now it can be told: President Duterte deliberately skipped APEC summit events to avoid interacting with US President Barack Obama

Duterte on Putin: We've become fast friends

Nov 21, 2016 - 7:10 PM

Mukhang parang magkakilala na kami nang matagal says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte about his new friend Russian President Vladimir Putin

MEETING HIS HERO. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte can't help but smile upon meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Lima, Peru. Photo from SAP Christopher Go

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Nov 21, 2016 - 1:06 PM

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Putin invites Duterte to visit Russia

Nov 21, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Cabinet officials say Russian President Vladimir Putin lauded Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for his firm moves during their much anticipated bilateral meeting

TWO PRESIDENTS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting in the presence of their ministers. Malacañang Press Pool photo

Duterte skips APEC family photo session, meetings

Nov 21, 2016 - 9:17 AM

UPDATED Duterte blames jetlag for his absence at traditional APEC events like the family photo of heads of state where Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr stood in for him

NO SHOW. Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr represents President Duterte at a photo of leaders taken on the second day of the 24th APEC Leaders' Meeting in Lima, Peru on November 20, 2016. Photo by KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photo

Asia-Pacific leaders defend trade against Trump tide

Nov 21, 2016 - 12:50 AM

US President elect Donald Trump s attacks on free trade deals are causing jitters in the Pacific Rim

China's President Xi Jinping (L) and others listen to US President Barack Obama (R) make a statement before a meeting November 19, 2016 in Lima, Peru. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski

China heads to APEC summit strengthened by Trump win

Nov 18, 2016 - 8:44 PM

The near certain death of the arduously negotiated not yet ratified 12 nation agreement leaves a vacuum that China – which was excluded from the Trans Pacific Partnership – is keen to fill with its own proposed deals

APEC SUMMIT. General view of the Lima Convention Center (L) during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit on November 17, 2016. Photo by Ernesto Benavides/AFP

Duterte may lecture APEC leaders on 'finer points of civilization'

Nov 17, 2016 - 4:41 PM

The Philippine leader says he is not aware of what would be discussed at the APEC meeting in Peru but he has practiced his lecture to fellow leaders who would make the mistake of criticizing him

DUTERTE THE DIPLOMAT. President Duterte delivers a message at the Davao International Airport on November 17, 2016 before leaving for Lima, Peru to attend APEC Leaders' Meeting. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Top 10 Facebook moments in 2015 for Filipinos

Dec 19, 2015 - 7:00 PM

What topics did you like comment on or share this 2015? Rappler picks the top global and national events that dominated the Facebook news feeds of Filipinos

#AlDub tops Google search in PH for 2015

Dec 16, 2015 - 9:20 PM

Maine is Number 1 among the top trending female personalities while Alden comes in second among the male personalities

#AfterAPEC: Netizens applaud Philippines' hosting of APEC 2015

Nov 23, 2015 - 10:31 PM

How did the Philippines do on its second hosting of the regional summit? Netizens share their AfterAPEC thoughts

No more double enrollment in pension plans under PH-Japan pact

Nov 21, 2015 - 12:29 PM

The Japanese embassy says the Philippines Japan Social Security Agreement will further facilitate people to people and economic exchanges between the two countries

STRATEGIC PARTNERS. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2-L) and his wife Akie (L) with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (2-R) and his sister Maria Elena Aquino Cruz (R) at the welcoming dinner for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila, Philippines, on November 18, 2015. Photo by Wally Santana/Pool/EPA

#APEC2015: Most talked about stories

Nov 20, 2015 - 8:45 PM

Here s what our followers shared read discussed and reacted to the most during APEC week

Aquino to thank ASEAN for help in disaster, promoting regional security

Nov 20, 2015 - 6:05 PM

President Aquino is flying to Malaysia after the Philippines concluded its hosting of the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting

JOINING ASEAN SUMMIT. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III leaves the Philippines on November 21, 2015, for ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo by Robert Viñas/Malacañang Photo Bureau

PH gets P93-B Japan loan for Tutuban-Malolos railway project

Nov 20, 2015 - 10:55 AM

The Japanese Embassy says the Tutuban Malolos railway aims to ease serious traffic congestion

STRATEGIC PARTNERS. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2-L) and his wife Akie (L) with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (2-R) and his sister Maria Elena Aquino-Cruz (R) at the welcoming dinner for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila, Philippines, on November 18, 2015. Photo by Wally Santana/Pool/EPA

#PugadBaboy: Pinoy hospitality

Nov 20, 2015 - 5:00 AM

APEC hottie? Trudeau says popularity good for Canada

Nov 20, 2015 - 12:11 AM

It gives us an opportunity to highlight the issues that are important to us Trudeau tells reporters in Manila

CANADA FOCUS. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his popularity will allow Canada to highlight the issues it wants to focus on. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

APEC leaders: Intensify efforts for MSMEs, embrace digital economy

Nov 19, 2015 - 9:11 PM

APEC leaders reiterate actions laid out in the Boracay Action Agenda to globalize MSMEs and report progress by 2020

From Basket Case. One of Basket Case's bags that showcase a Filipino painting. Founder Gigi Phua-Lim sells the bags at reasonable prices to make art accessible to the public. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

Aquino on APEC: ‘We have refocused on people’

Nov 19, 2015 - 8:44 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says each of the Philippines’ 11 000 visitors for APEC ‘creates one new job’ for Filipinos

FAMILY PICTURE. APEC 2015 chairman President Benigno Aquino III joins fellow world leaders, namely, (L-R) (front row) Republic of Chile President Michelle Bachelet; Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; Brunei Darussalam Prime Minister Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah; Commonwealth of Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull; People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping; Republic of Peru President Ollanta Humala; Socialist Republic of Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang; United States of America President Barack Obama; Kingdom of Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-Cha; and Chinese Taipei former Vice President Vincent Siew. (back row) Hong Kong, China Chief Executive CY Leung; Republic of Indonesia Vice President Jusuf Kalla; Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe; Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye; Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak; United Mexican States President Enrique Peña Nieto; New Zealand Prime Minister John Key; Independent State of Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill; Russian Federation Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev; and Republic of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, for the traditional Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) Family Photo at the Main Lobby of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Cultural Center of the Philippines complex in Pasay City on November 19, 2015. Photo by Rey Baniquet/Malacañang Photo Bureau

PH amid APEC Summit: South China Sea? Next question, please

Nov 19, 2015 - 1:27 PM

DFA spokesman Charles Jose says: Pag inumpisahan ko ‘to tuluy tuloy na ‘to eh Huwag na nating umpisahan ang South China Sea

‘PERFECT HOST.’ Philippine President Benigno Aquino (R) shake hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping upon arrival ahead of a welcome dinner for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders in Manila on November 18, 2015. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

APEC: An organization whose time has passed

Nov 19, 2015 - 1:11 PM

What we are witnessing in Manila is a time warp the enactment of the diplomatic rituals that mask the fact that APEC now simply lurches from one summit to the next with no clear direction