|Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Minister Chen Deming of Commerce to Attend the 20th Ministerial Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)|
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang announces:
Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Minister Chen Deming of Commerce will head the Chinese delegation to attend the 20th Ministerial Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to be held in Lima, Peru on November 19th and 20th in preparation for the 16th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting.
With 21 members, APEC is a major forum for economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. With the purpose of strengthening multilateral trade mechanism and eliminating regional trade barriers, APEC is an important force to promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, economic and technological cooperation and enhance economic development.
The upcoming ministerial meeting will focus on issues of international financial crisis, regional economics integration, support of multilateral trade system, economic restructuring, security of human beings, food and energy security, corporate social responsibilities, APEC reform, and etc.