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U.S. and China vie for influence in Asia and Latin America at APEC summit

The United States and China are fiercely competing for influence in Asia and Latin America as both countries seek to strengthen ties with key countries in the region.

At the recent APEC summit in San Francisco, U.S. President Joe Biden sought to establish the U.S. as a more popular trading partner than China, while Chinese President Xi Jinping focused on building relationships with Latin American countries.

Biden and Xi meet key allies

Biden met with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Seok-ryong to discuss the challenges posed by China’s growing military power.

U.S. and China vie for influence in Asia and Latin America at APEC summit

Xi meets with Mexican President Obrador and Peruvian President Boluat to discuss economic and trade ties.

Xi seeks to strengthen ties with Japan

Xi meets Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to discuss the delicate bilateral relationship in light of the two countries’ long-running dispute over the Diaoyu Islands.

Xi seeks to strengthen trade ties and investment with Japan, while Kishida wants to lift China’s embargo on fish and release Japanese citizens accused of spying in China.

Marcos seeks to ease tensions with China

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos met with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss the situation in the South China Sea, where China is accused of harassing Philippine ships.

Marcos said he wants to ease tensions and prevent the situation from escalating.

Conclusion

The APEC summit highlighted the fierce competition between the United States and China for influence in Asia and Latin America. Both countries are seeking to strengthen ties with key countries in the region and it remains to be seen who will be the dominant force in the coming years.

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