Article by Vladimir Putin, The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang: Together Towards Prosperity and Harmonious Development
November 8, 2017
The 25th anniversary APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting will take place in Danang very soon, on November 10 and 11.
We greatly value the APEC forum for the ample opportunities it affords all participants to engage in discussions and coordinate positions on a variety of economic, social, environmental, and cultural issues. Our countries strive to cooperate based on the principles of consensus and voluntary participation, mutual respect and willingness to compromise, regardless of the political situation. This is what APEC’s unique spirit of partnership is all about.
As a major Eurasian power with vast Far Eastern territories that boast significant potential, Russia has a stake in the successful future of the Asia-Pacific region, and in promoting sustainable and comprehensive growth throughout its entire territory. We believe that effective economic integration based on the principles of openness, mutual benefit and the universal rules of the World Trade Organisation is the primary means of achieving this goal.
We support the idea of forming an Asia-Pacific free trade area. We believe this is in our practical interest and represents an opportunity to strengthen our positions in the rapidly growing APR markets. I want to note that over the past five years, the share of APEC economies in Russia’s foreign trade has increased from 23 to 31 percent, and from 17 to 24 percent in exports. And we have no intention of stopping there.
Of course, the large-scale project to create the APEC free trade area should be carried out with due account of the experience gained from implementing key integration formats in the Asia-Pacific region and Eurasia, including the Eurasian Economic Union, in which Russia cooperates with Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Our union has been developing dynamically, and we are eager to build relations with all countries and associations that are interested in doing so. Vietnam, the host of this year’s Forum, was the first state to sign a free trade agreement with the EAEU. As a result, our trade grew significantly and became more diversified. Talks on a trade and economic cooperation agreement with China concluded a short while ago. Talks with Singapore have begun, and we are working on the possibility of signing a free trade agreement with ASEAN.
On a related note, I would like to mention our idea to create the Greater Eurasian Partnership. We suggested forming it on the basis of the Eurasian Economic Union and China’s Belt and Road initiative. To reiterate, this is a flexible modern project open to other participants.
Comprehensive development of infrastructure, including transport, telecommunications and energy, will serve as the basis for effective integration. Today Russia is actively modernising its sea and air ports in the Russian Far East, developing transcontinental rail routes, and building new gas and oil pipelines. We are committed to implementing bilateral and multilateral infrastructure projects which will link our economies and markets. Among other projects, I am referring to the Energy Super Ring that unites Russia, China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, and the Sakhalin-Hokkaido transport link.
We pay special attention to integrating Russia’s Siberian and Far Eastern territories into the network of APR economic ties. These efforts include a whole range of measures to enhance the investment appeal of our regions, and to integrate Russian enterprises into international production chains.
For Russia, the development of our Far East is a national priority for the 21st century. We are talking about creating territories of advanced economic growth in that region, pursuing large-scale development of natural resources, and supporting advanced high-tech industries, as well as investing in human capital, education and healthcare, and forming competitive research centres.
We hope that our foreign partners, primarily from APEC economies, will play an active role in implementing these programmes and projects. All the more so, as foreign participants of the annual Eastern Economic Forum held in Vladivostok already had a chance to gain confidence in the prospects and feasibility of our plans.
We have an equally serious approach to involving small and medium-sized businesses in APEC economic integration processes, and supporting female entrepreneurship and start-up companies run by young entrepreneurs. Of course, we attach special importance to strengthening our cultural ties and expanding our contacts in the sphere of science and education. Looking ahead, we will focus on forming a common APR education space, one of whose centres could be the Far Eastern Federal University.
We believe that establishing effective cooperation to support innovation is the most important task we face in this dynamic era. As such, Russia has put forward a number of specific initiatives. These include unifying digital economy and trade rules, harmonising national technical standards, coordinating strategies for forming high-tech markets, and creating a uniform conceptual framework for the digital space. We have also shared with our partners our experience in providing e-services to the public. In addition, we suggest starting consultations within APEC on international information security and protection of computer software.
Preventing and providing relief following natural disasters and man-made accidents, epidemics and pandemics is another challenge that requires a joint response by all APR partners. Of course, we need to tackle food security issues together and think about how to meet the region’s rapidly growing demand for high-quality and healthy food. Russia is one of the world’s leaders in exports of grain, vegetable oils, fish, and a number of other foods. We expect to become the leading supplier of ecologically clean food to our neighbours in the Asia-Pacific region. To do so, we are taking measures to increase agricultural output and improve productivity.
We intend to engage in substantive discussions of all these topics during the upcoming summit in Danang. I am confident that, acting together, we will find acceptable solutions to the challenge of supporting the steady, balanced, and harmonious growth of our shared region, and securing its prosperity. Russia is ready for such a collaborative effort.
While Putin fiddles… god, how I wish I didn’t have to use these words- Putin is now the only Man who can save Humanity.
While Putin fiddles (and too many on our side act as apologists to Putin’s fiddling by telling us how ‘beautiful’ the music sounds), the world is literally burning. Everywhere thas is informed (sadly not our sites, which are always “after the fact”) is warning that the Lebanon war goes hot this weekiend or shortly afterwards. Israel has amassed a ‘catholic’ alliance of powers who are in Israel as I type, under the guise of participating in the biggest Israeli air exercise ever. You know, because Israel’s stated enemies have such ‘powerful’ air forces- like Lebanon without even a single jet.
The air forces of Italy, France and Poland stand ready in Israeli bases for immediate strikes on Lebanon. Likewise Greece, India and Germany. Greece cos they think this will stick it to the Turks. Otherwise the air power of the Vatican.
While people on sites like this one try to make themselves feel ‘big’ by mocking the palace coup in Saudi Arabia- a coup that removed all those ***against*** military action- everywhere with a real clue is screaming the red alert. Hezbollah sites across Lebanon are to be subject to the greatest concentrated air strikes yet seen In Human History. Russia is to be punished ‘by proxy’ by allowing its other ally in Syria to be totally eliminated in its homeland.
Iran is to be ‘tempted’ into joining in- either by striking KSA assets, Israeli assets or both. If Iran does ***anything***, Britain, France, Germany and the USA are going to immediately declare war on Iran and begin their strikes.
And as the world is about to begin the final end, all Putin can do is fiddle. Putin’s recent meeting with the elite of Israel and KSA reassured both they have nothing to fear from Russia. So these two demonic little nations are all puffed up and ready for war. Thanks to Putin.
PS Israel ***always*** says how it is going to wage a war years in advance. Israel has been preparing and talking about the Lebanon war for at least three years now. And Israel has stated, in public and many times, that Lebanon is to be flattened, with every major city and town with any link or presence of hezbollah to any degree to be holocausted, along with its entire population.
No ground invasions. No fighting ‘fairly’ (which in jewish terms means the jews have a hundred-to-one advantage). No. Massive saturation bombing of every major urban area, killing the majority of the population and driving the survivors out. The idea, apart from the genocide and destruction, is that hezbollah forces will have their hands full just helping the survivors.
The jewish run BBC already has the majority of its Middle East correspondents in various Israeli locations, ready to give saturation coverage to the “suffering of the jews” as some hezbollah missiles will inevitably be used in desperate retaliation. The BBC intends that all the visible coverage of the war will be from the jewish perspective.
British and American electronic warfare experts are in the region to immediately cut off internet and phone access to Lebanon to try to restrict video evidence of the holocaust happening there. This holocaust is ***not*** to be televised, until it is well over and Iran is now under attack.
But hey, what’s the imminent death of hundreds of thousands of innocent Humans you and I have never even met. Let’s just continue to pat Putin on the back, shall we- and have a good laff at all the ‘funny’ happenings in Saudi Arabia.
Here’s the nasty truth. They win because we choose to lose. We don’t have to lose. We actually have all the winning cards. But we choose to lose because the demon sitting opposite at the table plays a psychological game, and knows all of our weaknesses. It flatters us. It confuses us. It scares us. And rather than looking at our cards and playing the best hand, we look into the demon eyes are are lost.
Tony Blair came to power on a literal campaign revealing his true demon form. Yes, the demon eye posters were blamed on the ‘opposition’- but nothing like them had been witnessed in political history- ever. Google “blair demon eyes”. Remember Blair was as popular with the conseravtives and thatcher as Clinton is with the republicans. The conservatives had no reason to call Blair- who would continue the legacy of Thatcher perfectly- a ‘demon’.
The real reason Blair was revealed to be an actual demon is the “rule of life”. Demons taking great power over greater humanity must reveal themselves first. The legend of having to invite a vampire willingly to cross the threshold of your home. Before Blair, the Deep State was hobbled for demons could not exploit its full potential. Blair took power as an actual demon- liberating the Deep State’s demonic potential (hence 911).
Now it is Humanity against demons out in the open. But Putin does not see the demons, and Tony Blair is one of Putin’s closest allies and friends. Blair was the devil in the wilderness when Putin was in the desert long ago. Blair whispered into Putin’s ear, and Putin did not recognise the voice of the devil.
Today Blair says to Putin that out-of-control neo-cons in America are to blame for everything, and Putin falls for this lie. Blair gives Putin the same simple fake answers we see too many here invest in- because they seem to give ‘hope’ and ‘understanding’. false hope- misunderstanding.
And all is designed to get Russia to ‘stand down’ – to keep the sleeping bear sleeping still. And Syria and Crimea aside (two cases where Putin was as late to the party as possible, then had to act in panic- but in finally acting did do the job very well indeed) Putin has kept the Russian bear sound asleep.
Watching the jewish state in alliance with the jewish cult we know as wahhabism, working as well with the Vatican, murder so many innocent people in the coming weeks, is going to be heartbreaking. Knowing Putin could have acted to stop this slaughter, but chose to give succor instead to the rulers of KSA and Israel – well that’s a fire that burns my very soul.
If everyone on our side finally started speaking the truth- well there’s a very real chance Putin would finally shake himself out of this demon imposed stupor, and take up arms against the demons. But while too many of us act as apologists of every foolish act by Putin, our chances are literally zero.
And we will suffer the same fate of the people of Iran and the people of Lebanon in the Final Conflict. Putin, by his inaction, will give the demons their final nuclear World War. Look at the worst that happened in Syria. That will be a paradise compared to what is coming for you, your friends and family. Patting Putin on the back today means howling in terror, despair and absolute horror tomorrow as you discover, first hand, what the final World War brings. And yes the war will wipe out every trace of the USA- but believe me that fact will give you no comfort at all as you watch everything you ever loved burn.
I really hope you are wrong. If it goes as you see it, let it be so, we deserve to perish in oblivion. Looking back, there has been many war crimes committed, and yet, we somehow expect the next one would be a game changer and that the world would wake up and do something about it. To that, I agree, things will remain same, becoming only worst, and so far, everyone is turning their head in other direction, until s__t hits the fan and then farewell my friends.
However, I do believe humanity will come to change for good, but, I am afraid it will be only enough perhaps to say a prayer (if you are lucky).
God Bless Everyone.
Your obsession with Putin is the real demon.
That is why his name is twilight. Outstanding analytic powers utterly wrecked by emotional hangups. Once twilight gathers the guts to address the early childhood roots of his emotional imbalances, he will emerge from the twilight in no time at all. The man has talent – we all can attest to that – and it is his freedom & dharmic duty to share it wisely, gratefully and generously.
Yes, twilight is correct name for him. But I wouldn´t call his analytic powers outstanding, far from that. His claims are totally fake.
…….Along with the weird obsession with the has-been Tony Blair as an all-powerful demon. Blair was obviously Thatcher in drag to all us old lefties from the moment he threw his hat in the ring but his reach was never that great.
Twilight seems to have studied and applied the rhetoric of every big cult leader out there, from Jim Jones to that weird Heaven’s Gate guy whose followers expected a spaceship to come for them. Not to mention the 70 virgins, or was that raisins?
Doomed, I tell you, we are all doomed—– unless ‘our side’ (count me out of your collective, please, I’m with Groucho Marx on that) immediately hearkens and follows the Great Seer twilight.
You’ve overplayed your hand a tad, twilight old boy. More transparent (though not in the way they are hoping for) than the BBC news.
twilight‘s word salads show admirably that misery loves company. A sober reminder might help a little here:
Putin’s Russia makes a difference.
Western supremacists do not.
Putin has a rock-solid mass base
Western supremacists have not.
Western supremacists revel in vainglory
Putin and Russia do not.
Your views are always interesting, twilight. Maybe a bit bold and harsh regarding Putin but here I give you a hint : maybe, in our hope for a better world, we are looking to his personality which nears the cult. I personally know what that means and what dangers holds. regrading Blair, I was on same conclusion from his first day in office – even if this was based just on feelings, firstly. Then, he opened his real mouth with a large smile for everyone to see the deeds he adhered to by opening the gates for demons.
The war in Lebanon, I mean a new war ? it is possible for many reasons which all leads to Israel.
If that would be a reality in the near future, certainly that will open a new Pandora’s Box.
Blah blah blah. Nothing will happened.
If Israel calls a war, at this moment, nobody will come. Launching a murderous assault against Lebanon, as you suggest, would spell the absolute end of hardline Zionist power to blackmail the planet, something everyone understands perfectly and so by this time next week I expect a thorough explanation as to why you were so completely off base, and why you’ve been working so hard to create a panic in this regard, twilight: and on whose behalf.
The NWO favoured by the Transnational Zionist Elite and Oligarchy, supposedly multipolar — although 100% unipolar in terms of class interest, is already here. No need to do anything extreme. Everyone (of the un-godly rich) will get something out of the final deal now being stamped in Vietnam, and as usual the gangsters in London who employ you will get away scott free, save a smallish number of scapegoats in the shape of irrelevants like Harvey Weinstein, to make us feel like we’ve gotten our revenge.
I don’t think it is Putin’s job to protect the people of Lebanon, Syria, Iran and Easter Europe from the devil’s onslaught. The best Russia can do is delay the destruction of Lebanon, followed by Syria, then eventually Iran to prevent its take over by zionist wahabbi protestant catholic unholy alliance who would then turn their eyes towards the caucuses and target Russia (as they did during the Russia-Chechen wars) by means of takfiri terrorists and on the eastern front be means of NATO troops. Probably Putin thinks it is better to fight the same war in foreign lands (Syria) then fighting the wars inside mother Russia, hence the Russian intervention. Putin is not the president of the whole world to get embroiled into global conflicts (Lebanon-Israeli conflict, Saudi-Irani proxy wars, DPRK-South Korea conflict etc.) though most of these flash points are created deliberately on the doorsteps of all that is Russia and it is expected from a country like Russia that sees itself as a rising global power to try to resolve the issues but its not mandatory. Above all, Putin is the president of Russia and his prime duty is to protect the Russian citizen from harm and ensure their prosperity.
‘Above all, Putin is the president of Russia and his prime duty is to protect the Russian citizen from harm and ensure their prosperity.’
And he’s doing an admirable job in the toughest situation. I wish we had someone of even remotely his calibre in the UK instead of the pompous, self-aggrandising fools we currently endure.
Don´t worry, only thing that´s going to burn is Babylon. Bur seriously, what you write is not going to be happen. Wests hands are tied and they can´t start wars anymore, only destabilize nations. The end is nigh, but definitely not for Putins Russia. The Eurasian project is one of the best things world has ever seen and it will materialize, in some form.
I would add to this that because politically it´s nearly impossible for the West to start a war against Russia, they need an excuse for it, like 9/11 or any false flag. That´s what they tried in Ukraine in 2014. But since they failed it seems to me that they have anything left except your kind of pathetic trolls to bang the war drums. Desperate attempt.
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What Putin is describing is the capitalist unlimited expansion dream world on steroids. Given the dying ecosystems of Earth, how will these foolish pipe dreams fare when the life systems of our planet collapse under the relentless pressures of unlimited expansion?
The meetings’s results and closing statement on 11 Nov will make interesting reading; and I wonder if after going to China, signing some substantial deals, and doing some pondering, if the business man within Trump sees that it will be much better for the USA to cooperate with China et al in constructing OBOR instead of trying to hinder/sabotage it, as there’s lots of money to be made in the former whereas the latter is just shooting more money into the wind and increasing the alienation of the world to the Outlaw US Empire–the Swamp will want the latter.
When Putin supports such organizations as the Eurasian Economic Union, The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, etc., he is offering membership to countries based on respect for their sovereign status. Now compare this to Wall Streets imperial policy of placing puppets at the head of “sovereign” states. Putin is becoming very popular, while Wall Street is becoming very worried, all the more so because the East is now becoming the chief political and economic power house in the world. Wall Street cannot prevent this, short of a wider war.
Xi Jinping, Donald Trump, Twins both, pragmatist
to the bone,
V.V. Putin, Libra, artist of balance ruled by
Venus, the double- goddess,
also ruling stability = Taurus
Putin’s concluding statement (emphasis mine):
“We intend to engage in substantive discussions of all these topics during the upcoming summit in Danang. I am confident that, acting together, we will find acceptable solutions to the challenge of supporting the steady, balanced, and harmonious growth of our shared region, and securing its prosperity. Russia is ready for such a collaborative effort.”
And this is precisely “The Russian Threat” writ large, since it means national liberation of countries and peoples raped and enslaved by the Zionazi West. Far from the notion that Russia and China are being “imperialist”, they are working hard to break up the fiat currency regime of the Western actual imperialist powers. Russia and China are not hated by spineless, useless, and worthless Western public opinion — left, right, and center — for any other reason.
it would be nice to have a commentary from you dear Saker – about this – it doesn’t seem to me to be a world shaking talk –
Putin was also talking about AI the other day – perhaps to the youth forum that just happened in Sochi – that’s interesting
Of course it is a earth shaking talk –
you just have to look what is not in it.
No mention of the EU, West, USA. These are has-beens.
Russia is ready for the East. No turning back now,
EU/West shot themselves in the foot with the Ru-sactions, then
after that wasn’t enough proceeded to shot themselves in the head.
There is an interesting article on RT concerning a “possible” meeting between Trump and Putin at the APEC summit. I don’t think there will be one (though of course I could be wrong). A few days ago I remember the Kremlin was asked about that and they said then they weren’t sure,maybe. Then a day or so ago they said that yes there was to be a meeting.I think the US must have said they wanted to have a meeting at that time.And so the Russians agreed and announced it.Then yesterday I heard that the US was saying there was no meeting planned.And now RT is reporting that the US is saying there were “scheduling problems” and so there wasn’t going to be a meeting.While the Russians are saying they are still trying to set it up.
So what does this all boil down to? I think it is meant to embarrass Putin.To make it look like he was anxious for the meeting.And they “snubbed him”.I think the US wasn’t sure how the trip was going to go for Trump.And they wanted the meeting to make Trump look good on the world stage encase the trip was a failure.But now the trip is seen as a success for Trump.In Japan,South Korea,and China,he showcased himself as a “strongman”.He was fawned over in all three countries,especially China (in Vietnam and the Philippines its almost certain to be the same) .He got to make belligerent speeches,sign trade deals,etc,etc.And so he doesn’t need a meeting with Putin.It might take away from the “luster” he thinks he created. And feed the US press (and anti-Trump people) with more “Russiagate” tinder.So instead by seeming to snub Putin,that will look good for him in the West (certainly it will inside the US.I can imagine the US press headlines now “desperate Putin,snubbed over meeting”). The US scheduling conflict story is like when a guy asks a girl out on a date and she says “sorry I’m washing my hair that night”.After all,if Trump really wanted to meet he could fit an hour or so into his schedule.I think the Russians get the message.Even if they are too diplomatic to say they do.