Obama says good­bye on world stage

> Pres­i­dent de­fends legacy at Asia-Pa­cific sum­mit

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LIMA: US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama de­fended his legacy on free trade and se­cu­rity is­sues on Sun­day at a sum­mit of Asia-Pa­cific lead­ers thrown into un­cer­tainty by the elec­tion of his rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent suc­ces­sor Don­ald Trump.

End­ing his final for­eign visit as pres­i­dent, Obama pressed Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin – who has a far warmer re­la­tion­ship with Trump – on Syria and Ukraine, and ral­lied al­lies to forge ahead with free trade plans that the pres­i­dent-elect has trashed.

Trump’s shock elec­tion vic­tory has made it a bit­ter­sweet good­bye for Obama, who cam­paigned against the brash bil­lion­aire as un­fit to suc­ceed him but is now ask­ing the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to give the Repub­li­can time and an open mind.

In what may be his last meet­ing with Putin, Obama called for greater ef­forts to end the vi­o­lence in war-torn Syria, as con­cern mounts over a fe­ro­cious bomb­ing cam­paign by the Moscow-backed regime in rebel-held parts of Aleppo.

He also urged Putin to “up­hold Rus­sia’s com­mit­ments” un­der the frayed peace ac­cords to end con­flict in east­ern Ukraine.

Obama had more ami­able talks with al­lies like Australian Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull and Canada’s Justin Trudeau, gen­tly prod­ding them to stick with their ex­ist­ing free trade plans. world’s most pow­er­ful lead­ers on both sides of the Pa­cific, is seek­ing to live down old jokes that Apec, for­mally named Asi­aPa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion, is “four ad­jec­tives in search of a noun and a verb” – an ill-de­fined group that strug­gles to take de­ci­sive ac­tion.

A draft ver­sion of its final state­ment seen by AFP praises open markets, de­nounces pro­tec­tion­ism and warns that curb­ing free trade will slow the on­go­ing re­cov­ery of the world econ­omy. – AFP

... A worker of Ogawa Stu­dios, a mask mak­ing com­pany, gives the final touches to a mask de­pict­ing US Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump at its stu­dio in Saitama, Ja­pan.

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