Unrest forces Chile to withdraw from hosting trade summit

Sebastian Pinera
President Sebastian Pinera

Chile has withdrawn as host of the APEC trade summit in November and the COP25 climate summit in December after several weeks of violent unrest, President Sebastian Pinera has announced.

The summit was scheduled to bring together 20 world leaders, such as Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, over the weekend of November 16-17. The COP25 program was due to run between December 2 and 13.

“This has been a very difficult decision, a decision that causes us a lot of pain, because we fully understand the importance of APEC and COP-25 for Chile and for the world,” Pinera said in a statement.

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China's push for influence in the Pacific includes offering full scholarships to overseas students.

What China wants in the Pacific

A woman walks past a mural in Port Moresby
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Asian leaders are gathering in Papua New Guinea for a key economic summit.

China's growing influence in the Pacific - where it's been ramping up investment - is attracting plenty of attention as meetings get underway.

The BBC's Asia business correspondent Karishma Vaswani is there - here's her analysis on exactly what China wants from the Pacific.