Bachelet rejects protectionism ahead of APEC summit in Vietnam

HANOI – Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has said in a globalized universe, there is no better alternative than strengthening ties to face phenomena that are out of human control.

Prior to her state visit to Vietnam and the Summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in Hanoi, Bachelet highlighted the excellent moment in relations between Santiago and Hanoi.

“I feel great admiration for the Vietnamese people’s achievements, their progress in several fields, the boom of tourism and the huge possibilities to deepen our ties,” the president noted on Thursday.

“I remember how they helped to plant quinoa in high lands, and rice; now we have a visa exemption for tourists, there is a broad field in science, technology, climate issues, and we share a vocation for peace,” she added.

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The Chilean head of state outlined a panorama of world collaboration in all fields, a sort of imperative in light of the challenges and threats caused by climate change, protectionism and natural disasters.

In that regard, the president stressed the relevance of joint actions like revitalizing the TPP, Chile’s rapprochement to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), within the APEC and other groups in the Far East and the Pacific.

The APEC Summit will take place in Da Nang on Friday and Saturday.

Bachelet highlighted Friday’s meeting in Da Nang among the leaders who defend a sort of TPP-11 (Trans-Pacific Partnership), like Vietnam and Chile, to draw a roadmap to the future of a deal without the United States.

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Immediately after arriving at the White House, U.S. President Donald Trump has announced the United States’ withdrawal from the TPP, but Australia, Mexico, Peru, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand, Vietnam and Chile moved ahead with that project.