U.S. threatens to impose more trade tariffs on China

Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong makes a speech during the 6th Asean-US Summit in Singapore

For his part, a combative Pence warned that United States tariffs would remain in place unless Beijing "changes its ways".

"We will work with these nations to protect the sovereignty and maritime rights of Pacific islands as well", the US Vice President said on Saturday, referring to Australia and Papua New Guinea, as he spoke about the US plans on the Lombrum base.

US President Donald Trump has placed tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of Chinese goods in retaliation for what he views as unfair trades practices by Beijing. "We put tariffs on $250 billion (€218 billion) in Chinese goods, and we could more than double that number".

"The United States though will not change course until China changes its ways", he told delegates gathered on a cruise liner tethered in Port Moresby's Fairfax Harbour.

China's President Xi Jinping (習近平) stood left in the front row, so no interaction with the Taiwanese envoy occurred, CNA reported.

Speaking at the same forum, Australia's prime minister also issued a passionate defence of free trade and lashed out at protectionist trends battering the global economy.

Amid speculation that China was wooing Papua New Guinea and planning to build its own military base, Prime Minister Scott Morrison on November 1 said Australia was boosting its commitment to the region and would partner with PNG in redeveloping Lombrum.

At the time Labor's Defence spokesman Richard Marles supported the move, saying "the more cooperation we have with the Pacific, with countries like Papua New Guinea, and that includes military cooperation, I think the better".

"History has shown that confrontation, whether in the form of a Cold War, hot war, or trade war will produce no winners", Xi said.

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"We have taken decisive action to address our imbalance with China", Pence declared.

In his speech, Xi said the world needed to "draw upon each other's strengths and pursue coexistence", rather than criticize other countries' domestic choices.

Pence said the USA "commitment to the Indo-Pacific region has never been stronger".

Ms Peters said the standoff between China and the U.S. in the Pacific is increasingly causing nearby countries to look at New Zealand "with fresh eyes" for leadership and representation.

He then called on the Pacific nations to stick with the USA as it allegedly offers a "better option" because it would supposedly never "coerce or compromise your independence". We don't coerce or compromise your independence.

"We don't offer a constricting belt or one-way road", Pence said.

"Nobody should stop people in developing countries from pursuing a better life", he added, before insisting that his signature Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a transnational trade and infrastructure network, "was not a trap as some people have labeled it". The United States deals openly, fairly.

The APEC summit of leaders from 21 countries across the region has developed into a tussle for influence between an increasingly assertive China and a more withdrawn US.

The vice president harshly criticized China's global infrastructure drive, known as the "Belt and Road Initiative", calling numerous projects low quality that also saddle developing countries with loans they can't afford.

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