Sydney in Australia has welcomed leaders from 21 countries for the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation forum. The Chinese president Hu Jintao said his country is ready to boost international co-operation to ensure that its products meet appropriate safety standards. Some ministers had already engaged in talks on business as leaders arrived. But the main focus of the day was China – not only product safety, but also security, and climate change.
The Australian Prime Minister is lobbying leaders hard to back his climate change initiative, due to be issued as the Sydney Declaration at the end of the weekend summit. The city has been turned into “Fortress Sydney” in the country’s biggest ever security operation.
There have already been demonstrations against Australian and American involvement in Iraq. And police were prepared for three rallies to protest against China’s human rights record.