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APEC leaders meet in Peru amid high security

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APEC leaders meet in Peru amid high security

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As 40,000 police officers patrol the capital of Peru, leaders from Asian and Pacific countries have been gathering for their weekend summit. Two days of talks will take place in Lima against the backdrop of economic gloom, in an army compound which was once a torture centre.

US President George Bush is on his last scheduled foreign trip. China and Russia are expected to use this APEC meeting to secure new trade deals in resource-rich Latin America. It was once considered the United States’ backyard. But more than 1000 protestors demonstrating in the streets made it clear they blamed the Bush administration for the world’s current woes.

A woman was arrested for carrying a knife close to where George Bush was meeting the Chinese President Hu Jintao.