US outlines APEC topics


Summary

Mr Bush arrives in Sydney on Tuesday and will leave early to return to Washington before the top commander in Iraq and the US ambassador in Baghdad testify to the US Congress about the status of the US Military build-up in Iraq.

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Mr Bush, in an interview with Australia's Sky News, said he would be concerned about China's military if the country ever turned hostile.

"My view of China is that they're internally focused to the extent that they want economic growth and vitality, they're externally focused in order to get the raw materials they need, but if they ever turn hostile, I would be concerned about the military," Mr Bush said.

He also urged countries considering pulling out troops to base their decisions on restoring the country's security, saying the US needs "all our coalition partners" in Iraq.

At the summit, the war will be discussed along with North Korea, climate change, trade and energy security.

Mr Bush will hold meetings in Sydney with Prime Minister John Howard and with Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd, who wants to withdraw Australian forces from Iraq.

Mr Bush also will urge South Korea, Japan, Russia and China to continue to stand with Washington against North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said the communist regime is cooperating with UN experts overseeing the mothballing of key nuclear facilities. IAEA experts last month confirmed the shutdown of four nuclear facilities at Yongbyon.

Trade on the agenda

President Bush will join leaders from 20 other nations, which with the United States account for 56 per cent of the world's gross domestic product, 41 per cent of the world's population and half the world's trade.

An estimated 66 per cent of US products go to the region.

Trade, particularly the global commerce talks known as the Doha

Round, is the top US economic priority at the summit. Failure by the United States, European Union, Brazil and India to eliminate trade barriers to farm produce and manufactured goods could be fatal for the talks.

"This is a difficult negotiation," said Dan Price, deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs.

"It's difficult for everyone, including the United States, but the administration is prepared to make the tough choices if others are likewise prepared to make those tough choices to create new trade flows."

Mr Bush is tentatively scheduled to meet Japanese Prime Minister

Shinzo Abe, South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Russian President Vladimir Putin and possibly other leaders.

President Bush expects to reaffirm in talks with his Chinese counterpart that the United States adheres to its one-China policy and does not support Taiwan's effort to join the United Nations. Wilder said membership in the United Nations requires statehood.


Mr Bush arrives in Sydney on Tuesday and will leave early to return to Washington before the top commander in Iraq and the US ambassador in Baghdad testify to the US Congress about the status of the US Military build-up in Iraq.

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Mr Bush, in an interview with Australia's Sky News, said he would be concerned about China's military if the country ever turned hostile.

"My view of China is that they're internally focused to the extent that they want economic growth and vitality, they're externally focused in order to get the raw materials they need, but if they ever turn hostile, I would be concerned about the military," Mr Bush said.

He also urged countries considering pulling out troops to base their decisions on restoring the country's security, saying the US needs "all our coalition partners" in Iraq.

At the summit, the war will be discussed along with North Korea, climate change, trade and energy security.

Mr Bush will hold meetings in Sydney with Prime Minister John Howard and with Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd, who wants to withdraw Australian forces from Iraq.

Mr Bush also will urge South Korea, Japan, Russia and China to continue to stand with Washington against North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said the communist regime is cooperating with UN experts overseeing the mothballing of key nuclear facilities. IAEA experts last month confirmed the shutdown of four nuclear facilities at Yongbyon.

Trade on the agenda

President Bush will join leaders from 20 other nations, which with the United States account for 56 per cent of the world's gross domestic product, 41 per cent of the world's population and half the world's trade.

An estimated 66 per cent of US products go to the region.

Trade, particularly the global commerce talks known as the Doha

Round, is the top US economic priority at the summit. Failure by the United States, European Union, Brazil and India to eliminate trade barriers to farm produce and manufactured goods could be fatal for the talks.

"This is a difficult negotiation," said Dan Price, deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs.

"It's difficult for everyone, including the United States, but the administration is prepared to make the tough choices if others are likewise prepared to make those tough choices to create new trade flows."

Mr Bush is tentatively scheduled to meet Japanese Prime Minister

Shinzo Abe, South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Russian President Vladimir Putin and possibly other leaders.

President Bush expects to reaffirm in talks with his Chinese counterpart that the United States adheres to its one-China policy and does not support Taiwan's effort to join the United Nations. Wilder said membership in the United Nations requires statehood.