US Vice President Mike Pence tells Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi the state violence, forcing more than 700,000 of country's Rohingya Muslims to flee for Bangladesh, was "without excuse." Suu Kyi rebuffs criticism.
The world's largest trade deal, also called RCEP, is pushed back to next year as trade ministers of Asia-Pacific countries fail to agree key terms at a summit, ahead of ASEAN meeting, in Singapore.
Trump pulled the US from the pact but the remaining 11 members pressed ahead, saying they were showing resolve against protectionism through global trade.
Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe are hoping to agree on a security agreement on joint defence operations and exercises.
With Trump's America increasingly erratic towards its southern neighbour, is it time for Mexico to explore new alliances?
A joint statement issued by the 21 APEC countries calls for “removal of market-distorting subsidies and other types of support by governments and related entities".
Trade ministers of 11 Pacific Rim countries say they agreed on the core elements of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership that the US abandoned in January under Trump.
The pact was thrown into disarray when US President Trump abruptly pulled out of the deal earlier this year, dismaying allies including Japan, Australia, Canada and Vietnam.
President Donald Trump is likely to push for his "America First" doctrine while his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping is expected to send positive signals supporting free trade during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Vietnam.
Typhoon Damrey kills at least 106, leaving 25 missing and 197 injured in Vietnam, according to country's search and rescue committee.
China, Pyongyang's main economic and diplomatic ally, opposes any military intervention and calls for a resolution through dialogue.
Tomomi Inada, a close confidante of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was appointed defence minister in August 2016 but her tenure was marred by controversies.
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