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Negotiating Christmas – the real political test in APEC Leaders’ Week

Pattrick Smellie
Mon, 08 Nov 2021

Negotiating Christmas – the real political test in APEC Leaders’ Week
Coming any moment now – good old Auckland holiday traffic. (Image: Getty)
Pattrick Smellie
Mon, 08 Nov 2021
In 1999, Auckland hosted APEC and Bill Clinton came to town just as the Indonesian government was burning down most of East Timor.The global summit in our corner of the world was a vital catalyst for one of the most successful United Nations peacekeeping interventions ever mounted.This year, the Auckland Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit is happening by Zoom and the loss of the intended main venue in the SkyCity convention centre fire in 2019 feels like an event from another age.Expectations of the communique from the group of 21...

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