Trade liberalisation discussed at US-Asia Pacific Council

Thursday, 11 November 2004, 08:00 Hrs
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WASHINGTON: Trade liberalisation, East-Asian regionalism and viewing US-Asia Pacific relations beyond the war on terrorism were some of the issues discussed at the second United States Asia Pacific Council conference here.

Speakers Wednesday also talked about the importance of next week's Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Chile, which will be attended by President George W. Bush. Several focused on the importance of continued US involvement in Asia-Pacific regional institutions, the East West Wire service reported Thursday.

Speakers included Peter F. Allgeier, deputy US Trade Representative; Han Sung Joo, ambassador of South Korea to the US; and Senator Chuck Hagel, chair, Senate Foreign Relations International Economic Policy, Export and Trade Promotion Subcommittee.

The US Asia Pacific Council, formed with the support of the US Department of State, comprises American corporations and citizens who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the US relationship with Asian and Pacific nations.

The council is hosted by and administered through the East-West Centre, a US and internationally funded non-profit research and educational institution dedicated to the further development of a Pacific community.

Source: IANS
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