China sees red over alleged U.S. 'bullying'

But APEC has not been the successful regional dialogue many would hope when it comes to the US-China trade issue. The summit was surprisingly disastrous for China on numerous fronts, from mounting unease with Beijing's heavy-handed tactics to self-inflicted public-relations debacles.

Mr O'Neill said "the entire world is worried" about tensions between China and the US.

"They seemed to think that the "unfair trade practices" was some kind of singling out", the official contended.

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Papua New Guinea ended on Sunday without a formal statement for the first time in its history.

But a senior Chinese official denied any confrontation between China and the United States had prevented the leaders from reaching consensus.

"It's not appropriate for the minister to negotiate solo with the Chinese".

In a meeting that could irritate Beijing, Pence had talks with Taiwan's envoy to APEC, Morris Chang.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, second from right, sits beside Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, right, and Christine Lagarde, second from left, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, during the International Monetary Fund informal dialogue on the State of the Regional & Global Economy as part of APEC meet activities at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. "That's done by working constructively with our long-term partner, the USA, and working closely with the Chinese government".

"With the President's undiminished dedication to our country's economic progress and the formidable support he was able to solicit from the respective leaders of the Apec community, we are enthusiastic to say that this trip not only benefited our country today but also its overall economy in the following years", he said.

Mr Pence had stated that the United States will not lift tariffs until "China changes its ways".

On Thursday, in Singapore, Mr. Pence had a candid private exchange with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

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US Vice President Mike Pence and Chinese President Xi Jinping have used the summit in Port Moresby to trade barbs.

One source familiar with negotiations told the ABC that China and the USA had both taken an uncompromising approach to the language, and it was "impossible" for other countries to hammer out a compromise.

Xi told delegates that the shadow of "protectionism and unilateralism" hung over global growth and erecting barriers and cutting ties was shortsighted and doomed to fail.

The mood among APEC members is apparently turning sour on China and its Belt and Road infrastructure initiative, which finally has serious competition from the U.S. -Japan-Australia partnership. Too often, they come with strings attached and lead to staggering debt.

The violence at Parliament coincided with reports of looting of surrounding businesses, as criminals apparently took advantage of the breakdown in law and order. China has responded with import tariffs on United States goods.

On Saturday, Pence warned that Trump could still put more tariffs on China.

"There are differing visions on particular elements", Trudeau said.

This prompted a statement from Acting Chief Justice Chief Justice that "Factually, China is not in possession of the South China Sea". China's assurances that it merely wishes to cleanse the area of pirates have given way to blatant territorial demands and ominous threats to the freedom of navigation, a menacing atmosphere that belies China's constant praise for "free trade".

In a bluntly worded speech at an Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit in Papua New Guinea, Pence threw down the gauntlet to China on trade and security in the region. Dozens of worldwide journalists invited to the forum by Papua New Guinea were turned away at the door by the Chinese, including reporters from Papua New Guinea itself.

Southeast Asian countries were "desperate fence sitters" who don't want to make China an enemy, said Pei, who is a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College in California. "What we're saying is the experience is a new one".

"China was angered that the reference to WTO blamed a country for unfair trade practices".

  • Sonia Alvarado