Asia Pacific leaders make joint appeal for free and fair trade | Reuters
The commission is composed of 53 Member States and nine Associate members, mostly from the Asia and Pacific regions. The region covered by the commission is home to 4. Its main mandate was to "initiate and participate in measures for facilitating concerted action for the economic reconstruction and development of Asia and the Far East. On 1 August , the commission was renamed to the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific ESCAP by the Economic and Social Council to reflect both the economic and social aspects of the Commission's work, as well as geographic location of its members. The commission works to address some of the greatest challenges facing the region through results-oriented projects, technical assistance and capacity building to member states in the following areas: . Additionally, the commission provides a forum for its member states to promote regional cooperation and collective action in pursuit of the Agenda for Sustainable Development.
While U. President Joe Biden has been calling world leaders trying to build an alliance of Western democracies to counter China, Beijing also has been reaching out to the region. Since December, Chinese President Xi Jinping has talked to more than 10 European leaders either by phone or video conference. And Beijing is moving quickly by relying on two of its biggest foreign policy tools: trade and vaccines. The European Commission called it "the most ambitious agreement that China has ever concluded with a third country.
Demonstrators are demanding greater economic equality and better public services in a country long seen as an economic success story. Shops have been vandalized and buildings set on fire, shutting down numerous subway stations. The situation had stabilized somewhat by midday Wednesday: Except for the presence of a few hundred protesters, the streets of the capital, Santiago, were mostly quiet, with no reports of vandalism.