The United States' interests in the East Asia-Pacific region concern promoting regional stability, fostering democracy and human rights, encouraging economic prosperity, furthering cooperation on fighting transnational issues and international crime, and preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
U.S. Priorities for APEC
Ambassador Haslach (Nov. 10): "The United States has articulated a vision of regional economic integration centered on APEC that includes a prospect of a free trade area of the Asia-Pacific. We view APEC as a premier venue for our country's economic engagement with the Asia-Pacific. Its 21 member economies together account for 60 percent of U.S. exports, 60 percent of global GDP, 50 percent of world trade, and nearly 3 billion consumers." Full Text | More on APEC