Chilean President Piñera made a televised speech at the presidential palace on the 30th, saying that due to the recent series of demonstrations in the country, the Chilean government will give up hosting the APEC leaders’ informality in the capital Santiago in November and December. Conference and United Nations Climate Change Conference. This is the first time in the history of APEC to cancel the informal leadership meeting, which has caused widespread concern.
According to Chile’s 24Horas TV station on the 30th, Piñera said at the presidential palace that this is a difficult decision. “We fully understand the importance of the APEC Leaders’ Informal Meeting and the UN Climate Conference for Chile and the world, but the President needs to The interests of the people are placed on top of everything.”
Piñera added that the Chilean government’s main concern is to rebuild public order, restore citizen’s security and social stability, and promote the implementation of social programs in response to public demands. In his speech, he compared the current social tensions to family conflicts. “When there is a problem with the family, the father must always give his family privileges. As president, he must give his compatriots privileges.”
Reuters said that the cancellation of the summit is a further blow to the image of Chile’s “most stable country in Latin America.” Singapore’s Straits Times said that Chile’s decision to cancel the APEC summit highlights the serious problems facing the country, which is currently experiencing the worst turmoil in decades.
Just two days ago, the Chilean government also insisted that the summit will be held as scheduled. Chile’s “Third Daily” commented that Chile’s decision to cancel the meeting will not only be a serious blow to its international image, but also cause Chile to lose its chance to sign the stage of a Sino-US trade agreement.
US President Trump recently confirmed attending the APEC summit and believed that the US and China can sign a trade agreement during the summit. The White House expressed surprise at the cancellation of the APEC summit in Chile. Reuters said a White House official said the US government had learned the decision from news reports and was seeking more information.
The US “political” news network said that a source familiar with Sino-US economic and trade talks said that the cancellation of the summit does not affect the progress that the two countries are making. The source said: “We only need to find a suitable place.”
The US “New York Times” reported that the Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Espinosa, said in a statement that it is consulting other countries to host the UN Climate Change Conference, and the date of the meeting will be postponed. The British “Guardian” said that Piniella’s decision may further disrupt the country’s response to the climate crisis.
The US Consumer News and Business Channel (CN⁃BC) said that in recent weeks, large-scale protests have erupted across Chile, as the Chilean government decided on October 6 to raise the subway fare by 30 pesos (about RMB). 0.3 yuan). Piniella announced that San Diego had entered a state of emergency on the morning of the 19th, after which 15 of the 16 regions of Chile had entered some or all of the state of emergency.
On the 26th, Piniella asked all cabinet members to submit their resignations to regroup, respond to the demands of the people and adapt to the new situation. Chile has lifted a nationwide emergency from 0:00 on the 28th to allow Chile to resume its normal operations. However, the Chilean government’s series of measures is not effective.
According to Agence France-Presse reported on the 29th, the Chilean people once again took to the streets to protest. In San Diego alone, nearly 10,000 people gathered in the Italian square, and some tried to go to the heavily guarded presidential palace, so they clashed with the riot police. According to the latest Chilean official data on the 28th, demonstrations have killed at least 20 people.