With Obama out, other leaders take APEC main stage


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So Obama showed up like he does for all of his briefings, it's called the empty chair.

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Wirjawan said there are grounds to think that people believe more in the existence of UFOs than the benefits of free trade. For developing countries particularly, where some industries lack the competitive sophistication of those in rich countries, it is easier to argue for free trade when there are visible signs of its benefits such as factories and jobs, he said.

Is that even a question? Free trade pacts always move much of the manufacturing jobs toward developing countries where it's cheaper to produce.

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The empty chair indeed.

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You would think Colombia would be a member country considering other Pacific ocean countries are members. I have been to Colombia for a holiday and the people are so hospitable.

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“Now we can wipe out the doom and gloom atmosphere in the Japanese economy,” Abe said.

Really?? Cost of life for average people is rising up with same salary! Only benefit is for large scale exporters!! And then increase in sales tax.....God help Japan

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