- Title: Kerry arrives in Lima for APEC as U.S. undergoes transition
- Date: 17th November 2016
- Summary: LIMA, PERU (NOVEMBER 17, 2016) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** EXTERIOR OF PERUVIAN MINISTRY OF CULTURE, SITE OF 2016 ASIA PACIFIC ECONOMIC COOPERATION (APEC) SUMMIT APEC ATTENDEES ON STAIRS IN FRONT OF SUMMIT SECURITY OUTSIDE SUMMIT U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY, SHAKING HANDS WITH JAPANESE FOREIGN MINISTER, FUMIO KISHIDA KERRY AND KISHIDA SEATED WITH DELEGATIONS DURING BILATERAL MEETING VARIOUS OF OFFICIALS STANDING BY AT APEC SUMMIT PHILIPPINE DELEGATION ENTERING BILATERAL MEETING WITH KERRY KERRY SHAKING HANDS AND SITTING DOWN ALONGSIDE PHILIPPINE FOREIGN MINISTER, PERFECTO YASAY JR. KERRY, YASAY, AND U.S. AND PHILIPPINE DELEGATIONS SITTING DOWN FOR BILATERAL MEETING VARIOUS OF SECURITY OUTSIDE APEC SUMMIT WIDE OF SUMMIT SITE AT PERUVIAN MINISTRY OF CULTURE
- Embargoed: 2nd December 2016 18:55
- Keywords: John Kerry State Department Fumio Kishida Perfecto Yasay Jr. APEC TPP
- Location: LIMA, PERU
- Reuters ID: LVA00158U3NLZ
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- Story Text: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Lima Thursday (November 17) for the 2016 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) at a time when the role of the United States on issues as far-ranging as trade and climate change remains unclear in the wake of Donald Trump's electoral victory.
Upon arriving in Lima, Kerry and delegations from the United States met with his peers from Japan, Fumio Kishida, and Philippines, Perfecto Yasay Jr., for bilateral meetings.
Kerry arrives in South America fresh off a trip to Morocco where he found himself having to address the uncertainty created by the election of Donald Trump, and what his presidency might mean for the U.S. commitment to the 2015 Paris agreement to cut global greenhouse gas emissions.
Kerry has urged countries to treat the earth's changing climate as an urgent threat, citing melting glaciers, stronger storms, and record-breaking droughts.
Trump has called climate change a hoax, and said he would rip up the Paris deal, halt any U.S. taxpayer funds for U.N. global warming programs, and revive the U.S. coal sector.
The road ahead for trade among APEC nations also remains unclear.
Kerry, along with U.S. President Barack Obama, have framed the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which excludes China and Russia, as a way for Washington to set trade rules for the fast-growing Pacific-rim region before Beijing does, part of his "pivot to Asia."
But during his election campaign, Trump took a protectionist stance on trade issues and labelled the TPP championed by President Obama a "disaster". There is now little chance of it coming up for vote in Washington before Trump's inauguration in January.
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