President Bush Attends APEC Business Summit
President Bush: "APEC nations are supporting the advance of freedom in this region. Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore helped lead the effort to include democratic and human rights principles in the ASEAN Charter. Japan has incorporated democracy and governance programs into its official development assistance. South Korea hosted an historic gathering of the world's free nations, the Community of Democracies summit. These are important steps -- and now we must build on them by forging new regional institutions to encourage the continued expansion of freedom in this vital part of the world. And so this week, the United States is proposing the creation of a new Asia Pacific Democracy Partnership. Through this partnership, free nations will work together to support democratic values, strengthen democratic institutions, and assist those who are working to build and sustain free societies across the Asia Pacific region."
APEC Ministerial Meeting
Secretary Rice: "...the ability to provide economic security and to provide economic prosperity is enhanced greatly when we have open and free trade. And that is why I'd like to just add my voice to those who hope that this leaders meeting -- the leaders meeting will come as a very small endorsement of the importance of progress in the Doha round, because this organization, as it does, representing some of the most vibrant and active economies in the world, has a very great stake in a successful Doha round."
Photos from Australia
Secretary Rice and President Bush were in Sydney, Australia to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders meeting, September 4-9, 2007.
This is an annual gathering of the leaders of 21 member economies that make up the world's most dynamic economic region, comprising 56% of the world's gross domestic product and half of the world's trade. This region is extremely important to the United States because 66% of U.S. products go to that region. The President delivered remarks to the APEC Business Summit on Friday. He also hosted a working lunch with the leaders of the seven Association of Southeast Asian Nation leaders that are members of APEC. This has become a tradition at APEC, that the President meet with those ASEAN leaders, and he's looking very much forward to that.
Also during the trip, the President met with Australian Prime Minister Howard, members of the Australian Defense Force, and other Australian Government officials. The President also visited the U.S. Mission in Australia, and have bilateral meetings with President Hu Jintao of China and with President Roh Moo-hyun of South Korea. He also met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Complete List of Secretary Rice's 2007 Travels
--09/08/07 President Bush Meets With Japanese Prime Minister Abe at APEC
--09/08/07 President Bush and Indonesian President Yudhoyono Make Remarks at APEC
--09/07/07 Press Stakeout of Assistant Secretary Hill at APEC
--09/07/07 President Bush Meets with President Putin of Russia at APEC
--09/07/07 President Bush Meets with South Korean President Roh
--09/07/07 President Bush Meets with Southeast Asian Leaders
--09/07/07 President Bush Attends APEC Business Summit
--09/06/07 Secretary Rice's Interview by Peter Hartcher of the Sydney Morning Herald
--09/06/07 Secretary Rice's Interview by John Kerin of the Australian Financial Review
--09/05/07 Secretary Rice's Remarks at the 19th APEC Ministerial Meeting
--09/06/07 Remarks by President Bush and President Hu Jintao of the People's Republic of China
--09/05/07 President Bush and Australian Prime Minister Howard Make Remarks During Luncheon With Australian Defense Force Members
--09/05/07 Press Stakeout of Assistant Secretary Hill
--09/04/07 President Bush and Australian Prime Minister Howard Discuss U.S.-Australia Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty in Joint Press Availability
--08/30/07 Press Briefing on the President's Trip to Australia and the APEC Summit by Senior Administration Officials
--White House Site on APEC 2007
--Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
--09/09/07 Fact Sheet: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2007
--09/07/07 Fact Sheet: United States Cooperation with Southeast Asia
--09/06/07 Fact Sheet: Strengthening the Forces of Freedom and Prosperity in the Asia Pacific
--09/06/07 Fact Sheet: U.S.-Australia Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty
--09/04/07 Joint Statement on Climate Change and Energy by President Bush and Australian Prime Minister John Howard
--09/04/07 Fact Sheet: U.S.-Australia Alliance: Steadfast and Growing