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The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, is a forum to encourage economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region. It is composed of 21 “member economies” that make up 55 percent of global gross domestic product and roughly 43 percent of all world trade.

Honolulu hosted APEC’s 2011 meeting. The summit took place Nov. 8 through 13. Delegates from 21 countries — including U.S. President Barack Obama — descended upon Waikiki and Ko Olina for meetings.

APEC was formed in Canberra, Australia in 1989.

The idea was introduced by Bob Hawke, a former Australian Prime Minister, at a speech in Seoul, Korea. APEC was encouraged by expansive integration of Europe in the European Union and as a defensive move to prevent further isolation from European and North American markets.

In its first three years, heads of state from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States met informally. APEC began to meet annually in 1993 when former U.S. President Bill Clinton established the APEC Economic Leader’s Meeting.

Since APEC was formed in 1989, its member economies’ total trade has grown 395 percent and GDP has tripled, allowing APEC to outpace the rest of the world. Average trade barriers in the region in 1989 were at 16.9 percent and by 2004, barriers had declined 70 percent to 5.5 percent. As a result intra-APEC trade between 1989 and 2007 went from $1.7 trillion to $8.8 trillion.

APEC economies today purchase 58 percent of U.S. goods exports, and comprise a market of 2.7 billion consumers. Seven of America’s top 15 trade partners are in APEC.APEC is the only inter-governmental group that works on a non-binding basis, meaning that any consensus reached is undertaken voluntarily by APEC’s members.

The 21 member-economies are: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam.

Deedy Trial: A Hung Jury Means Federal Agent Could Be Back In Court

Deedy Trial: A Hung Jury Means Federal Agent Could Be Back In Court

Judge says new trial will be set for next summer despite jury's inability to agree on whether he committed murder.
Deedy Trial: McDonald’s Video is of Such Poor Quality It’s Little Help

Deedy Trial: McDonald’s Video is of Such Poor Quality It’s Little Help

The surveillance footage is finally played at the murder trial of the federal agent.
Federal Agent On Trial For Murder Boosts Defense Fund Via Internet

Federal Agent On Trial For Murder Boosts Defense Fund Via Internet

Jury selection began Monday for Christopher Deedy, charged with murder for Waikiki shooting during APEC.
Hawaii Ranks Near Bottom for Doing Business — But Does It Matter?

Hawaii Ranks Near Bottom for Doing Business — But Does It Matter?

The Aloha State was rated the second-to-worst state for business in the nation, but some say it's all relative.
Ariyoshi on Hawaii’s Role in the Asia-Pacific

Ariyoshi on Hawaii’s Role in the Asia-Pacific

Former governor talks about outcomes of APEC summit and growing role of East-West Center.
Honolulu Judge’s Redactions Hide APEC Shooting Details

Honolulu Judge’s Redactions Hide APEC Shooting Details

Federal agent's attorney believes his client is immune from prosecution.
Cayetano: Mayor Cut Police, Fire

Cayetano: Mayor Cut Police, Fire

Candidate says Honolulu public safety weakening.
Police: Berg, Reeking Of Alcohol, Argued With Secret Service At APEC

Police: Berg, Reeking Of Alcohol, Argued With Secret Service At APEC

UPDATED Honolulu Council member says he just wanted to retrieve his phone.
Newsmaker: Makana Live in Civil Beat Newsroom

Newsmaker: Makana Live in Civil Beat Newsroom

Watch a video of Hawaii singer-songwriter of APEC fame.
Russian News Anchor Gives President Obama the Finger Over APEC

Russian News Anchor Gives President Obama the Finger Over APEC

Tatiana Limanova gives U.S. the middle finger during newscast.

APEC Success a Game Changer for Hawaii

Like the 1992 Olympics rebranded Barcelona, Hawaii has been branded a serious place to do business.
10 Must Read Stories From The Week of Nov. 14-18

10 Must Read Stories From The Week of Nov. 14-18

APEC? It already seems so long ago...
As Shooting Rumors Swirl, Authorities Keep Details Under Wraps

As Shooting Rumors Swirl, Authorities Keep Details Under Wraps

Honolulu prosecutor won't share basic facts of the case.
After APEC Lull, Honolulu Police Back to Making Prostitution Arrests

After APEC Lull, Honolulu Police Back to Making Prostitution Arrests

No arrests during APEC, 13 day gap between prostitution arrests.
Federal Agent Charged in APEC Shooting Appears in Honolulu Court

Federal Agent Charged in APEC Shooting Appears in Honolulu Court

Christopher Deedy's lawyer says misinformation abounds.

August 2013

Tuesday, August 27

Deedy Trial: A Hung Jury Means Federal Agent Could Be Back In Court

July 2013

Thursday, July 11

Deedy Trial: McDonald’s Video is of Such Poor Quality It’s Little Help

April 2013

Tuesday, April 16

Federal Agent On Trial For Murder Boosts Defense Fund Via Internet

August 2012

Saturday, August 4

Hawaii Ranks Near Bottom for Doing Business — But Does It Matter?

June 2012

Saturday, June 30

Ariyoshi on Hawaii’s Role in the Asia-Pacific

Thursday, June 7

Honolulu Judge’s Redactions Hide APEC Shooting Details

March 2012

Tuesday, March 20

Cayetano: Mayor Cut Police, Fire

November 2011

Wednesday, November 30

Police: Berg, Reeking Of Alcohol, Argued With Secret Service At APEC

Tuesday, November 22

Newsmaker: Makana Live in Civil Beat Newsroom

Monday, November 21

Russian News Anchor Gives President Obama the Finger Over APEC

Saturday, November 19

APEC Success a Game Changer for Hawaii

10 Must Read Stories From The Week of Nov. 14-18

As Shooting Rumors Swirl, Authorities Keep Details Under Wraps

After APEC Lull, Honolulu Police Back to Making Prostitution Arrests

Thursday, November 17

Federal Agent Charged in APEC Shooting Appears in Honolulu Court

Honolulu Mayor: Secret Service Frowns Too Much

Wednesday, November 16

Hawaii Grand Jury Indicts Federal Agent for Murder in APEC Shooting

Tuesday, November 15

Hawaii, China Agree to Clean Energy Projects at APEC Forum

Monday, November 14

If Prostitutes Flooded Waikiki for APEC, Arrests Don’t Show It

The Aloha Shirt That Obama Didn’t Wear

APEC News Coverage Wrap: Obama Press Conference, Europe Woes

VIDEO — Business in Waikiki During APEC

APEC 2011 Hawaii — Protests — Photos by John Hook

APEC 2011 Hawaii – Security — Photos by John Hook

APEC 2011 Hawaii — Photo Journal by John Hook

Inside the Occupy Honolulu Encampment

Energy Crisis Looming For Asia-Pacific Region

A Recap of Sunday’s APEC Events

Honolulu: Roads Back to Normal By Monday Afternoon

APEC 2011 Hawaii – The Day in Pictures — Nov. 13

APEC 2011 Hawaii — Police Blotter, Nov. 13

Sunday, November 13

How Will APEC Be Remembered?

Twitter Helps Couple Get Married at Honolulu Airport During APEC

APEC 2011 Hawaii — LIVE BLOG ARCHIVE — Nov. 13

Makana Explains Why He Sang Protest Song to APEC Leaders in Hawaii

All Eyes On Hawaii: APEC News Roundup — Nov. 13

A Recap Of Saturday’s APEC Events

The Big Day of APEC Protests Passes Peacefully

Vietnamese Protest Against China at APEC

Protest Pictures From APEC in Honolulu — Nov. 12

APEC 2011 Hawaii — The Day in Pictures — Nov. 12

APEC 2011 Hawaii — LIVE BLOG ARCHIVE — Nov. 12

Potemkin Village, Hawaiian Style?

Saturday, November 12

Only in Hawaii — Bikini Protest

Chinese Journalists Won’t Report on Falun Gong Protests

APEC 2011 Hawaii — Police Blotter, Nov. 12

APEC 2011 Hawaii — Occupy Honolulu — Day 7 — Largest Protest Yet

APEC Coverage Fixed on Europe Woes, China Tension, TPP Progress

APEC 2011 Hawaii — Laulani Teale — Nov. 11 — By Brian Tseng

APEC 2011 Hawaii — Occupy Honolulu — Day 6

APECation: ‘Buy An Aloha Shirt’

SLIDESHOW: APEC 2011 Hawaii – Nov. 11 — By John Hook

VIDEO — APEC 2011 Hawaii — Falun Gong Protest

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Nov. 7 – 11

APEC 2011 Hawaii — LIVE BLOG ARCHIVE – Nov. 11

APEC 2011 Hawaii — Historical Tidbits — A Greeting at Sea

U.S. Election Rears Its Head at APEC

Moana Nui Closes With Chant of Shared Vision

APEC 2011 Hawaii — Historical Tidbits — Dress Well

Friday, November 11

APEC High-Tech Showcase Gets Little Notice

APEC 2011 Hawaii — Welcome Reception

What The World Is Saying About APEC

SLIDESHOW: APEC 2011 Hawaii – Nov. 10 — By John Hook

International Journalists Talk APEC and Hawaii

APEC 2011 Hawaii — Live Blog Archive — Nov. 10

Volunteering for APEC Worth the Wait

APEC 2011 Hawaii — Historical Tidbits — Waikiki

Quality Time at APEC With ‘A U.S. Senior Official’

APEC Journalists in Hawaii in a Room Without a View

Falun Gong Delivers APEC Message to China

Thursday, November 10

In APEC’s Shadow: The Pacific People’s Economy

Chef Ed Kenney Delivers APEC Dinner

APEC 2011 Hawaii — Police Blotter, Nov. 10

Laulani Teale — Standing Her Ground During APEC

The Rising East: Split Opinions on APEC

SLIDESHOW: APEC 2011 Hawaii – Nov. 9 — By John Hook

APEC 2011 Hawaii — LIVE BLOG ARCHIVE — Nov. 9

Iolani Palace Director Blasts Closure Decision

Tom Donohue: Hawaii ‘Great Place’ To Do Biz

Wednesday, November 9

Despite Expected Influx of Prostitutes for APEC, No Arrests — So Far

White House Reporters Eye-Roll APEC

Dear APEC, Here’s where you should eat

APEC Swag Bag Showcases Iconic Hawaii Goods

White House: APEC is About Job Creation

APEC 2011 Hawaii — Occupy Honolulu — Day 4

U.S. News Outlets Shrug at APEC

The Rising East: Skimpy Interest in APEC Elsewhere

APECgeddon: What The Web Is Saying About APEC

Protesters Mourn Local Killed In Waikiki Shooting

Waikiki Businesses Want More Info About Shooting

Iolani Palace Protesters Invoke Sovereignty Rights

Secret Service to Tweet for First Time at APEC

Homeless Return To Area Cleared By DOT

Tuesday, November 8

‘Experience Gaps’ Found at Waikiki Murder Suspect ‘s Agency

APEC 2011 Hawaii — Occupy Honolulu — Day 3

FBI Watching Potentially Violent APEC Protesters

APEC 2011 Hawaii — Police Blotter, Nov. 8

APEC 2011 Hawaii — LIVE BLOG ARCHIVE – Nov. 8

Neighbor: Agent Not ‘the Kind of Guy Who Goes Around Killing People’

APEC Gift of Hawaiian Lei a Symbol of Globalization?

Iolani Palace Showdown

APEC Bomb Scare at University of Hawaii

Murder Suspect Won’t See Court Until After APEC

Fake APEC Website Satirizes Waikiki Shooting

Where’s the Hawaiian Host?

SLIDESHOW: APEC 2011 Hawaii – Nov. 7 — By John Hook

I’m Mad That an APEC Cop Killed a Local

Monday, November 7

APEC 2011 Hawaii — Police Blotter, Nov. 7

Hawaii Closes Iolani Palace After Hawaii Sovereignty Group Locks Gates

APEC 2011 Hawaii — Occupy Honolulu — Day 2

APEC 2011 Hawaii — Historical Tidbits — Hogs for Iron

APEC 2011 Hawaii — Historical Tidbits — Birds Scarce, Forests Dense

APEC 2011 Hawaii — Historical Tidbits — Ice From Boston

Sunday, November 6

VIDEO – APEC 2011 Hawaii — Before and After — Waikiki

VIDEO – APEC 2011 Hawaii — Before and After — Nimitz Highway

VIDEO – APEC 2011 Hawaii — Before and After – Kalakaua Homeless Camp

VIDEO — APEC 2011 Hawaii — Before and After — Chinatown Homeless Camp

VIDEO – APEC 2011 Hawaii — Scrubbing Honolulu Clean

Police Arrest Occupy Honolulu Protesters

Federal Agent Arrested in Honolulu McDonald’s Shooting

Saturday, November 5

Honolulu Mayor, Council Make Big Plans for APEC

APEC 2011 Hawaii — LIVE BLOG

Chinese Masterpieces Land in Hawaii in Time for APEC

Friday, November 4

What You Can Expect From Civil Beat During APEC

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Oct. 31 – Nov. 4

Capitol Watch: Nov. 4

A Look Back at Past Anti-APEC Protests

Thursday, November 3

Capitol Watch: Nov. 3

Obama to Hold Fundraiser in Honolulu After APEC

Wednesday, November 2

Kalakaua Homeless Cleared Near Convention Center

Eleven Years of APEC Fashion

Capitol Watch: Nov. 2

White House: Waianae Among Hawaii’s Poorest Areas

Tuesday, November 1

White House: Waianae Has Most Native Hawaiians

Capitol Watch: Nov. 1

Trans-Pacific Partnership Bad News for the 99 Percent Of Us

City to Feds: Pay Us $37 Million For Hosting APEC

October 2011

Sunday, October 30

Capitol Watch: Oct. 31

Saturday, October 29

The Civil Beat Poll: Questionnaire and Toplines — October 2011

Friday, October 28

Homeless Evicted In Sweep Say They’ll Be Back

Thursday, October 27

Moana Nui Speaker Says Hawaii Should Take Its Cue From New Zealand

Moana Nui Speaker Challenges People to Examine APEC More Closely

Moana Nui Speakers Say APEC is ‘Colonization Today in Real Time’

Nimitz Highway Targeted For Homeless Cleanup

New Trade Deals Shift APEC Dynamic for U.S.

Obama’s Top Trade Ambassador Blanks on APEC History

Wednesday, October 26

UH Welcomes APEC, Rankles Protesters

Tuesday, October 25

The Civil Beat Poll: Hawaii Supports APEC

Capitol Watch: Oct. 25

Monday, October 24

Just How Much Can the State Restrict a Peaceful Protest?

Friday, October 21

No Surfboard for Obama

Honolulu Police Share Use Of Force Guidelines

City Adjusts Bus Routes, Trash Pickup for APEC

Thursday, October 20

Secret Service Releases APEC Security Plans

Ethics Panel OKs Free Tix to APEC Events — Again

Wednesday, October 19

APEC Hawaii Host Committee: We Are Ready

Capitol Watch: Oct. 19

Tuesday, October 18

Capitol Watch: Oct. 18

First Anti-APEC Protest Hits University of Hawaii

High Anxiety Over APEC?

Friday, October 14

Hawaii Artist Snags OccupyAPEC.com website

Wednesday, October 12

Capitol Watch: Oct. 12

Monday, October 10

Honolulu Homeless Target Of Belongings Ban?

2001 Consent Decree Guides APEC Protest Rules

Thursday, October 6

Honolulu Installed Security Cams Without Council OK

September 2011

Wednesday, September 28

Looking To Balance APEC Safety, First Amendment

Thursday, September 22

Honolulu Police Load Up on Taser Ammo, Pepper Spray, Bean Bags for APEC

Ethics Commission: Lawmakers Can Accept Free Tickets to APEC Events

Tuesday, September 13

Capitol Watch: Sept. 14

Monday, September 12

Protests In Works for Hawaii APEC Meeting

Saturday, September 3

Carlisle: Homelessness Worse than Rat Infestation

August 2011

Wednesday, August 31

‘Big Brother’? Honolulu Police Want to Double Surveillance for APEC

Tuesday, August 2

Capitol Watch: Aug. 3

May 2011

Monday, May 2

Time Running Out to Fund Hawaii’s APEC Bill

March 2011

Friday, March 25

How to Make Hawaii APEC Conference Have Long-Term Benefits for State

January 2011

Thursday, January 13

Inside Honolulu: Jan. 13

December 2010

Friday, December 31

Inside Honolulu: Jan. 3

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