Based on an updated schedule of his engagements in Port Moresby, Mr. Duterte will leave Papua New Guinea at 11:15 p.m. on Saturday.
TOUCHDOWN President Duterte is welcomed at Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby by Papua New Guinea officials led by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Treasury Charles Abel and Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato, as well as Philippine Ambassador Bienvenido Tejano (right).
The Papua New Guinea venue for APEC has sharpened focus on the strategic competition between China, the U.S. and Australia in the Pacific region, which is fuelling an infrastructure and aid bidding war to counter China's growing presence in island nations through road and construction projects.
"One who chooses to close his door will only cut himself off from the rest of the world and lose his direction", Xi told a summit of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) chief executives on Saturday.
"Our vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific will prevail", Pence said.
The spat prompted China, which has repeatedly accused the United States of protectionism, to file a complaint about U.S. trade practices with the WTO.
"By withdrawing from multilateral trade agreements and pursuing unilateral tit-for-tat tariffs that are damaging not just for the USA and China, but for the broader regional and global trading system, the Trump administration is putting itself at odds with America's Asian allies and partners", he said.
Addressing Apec shortly after Xi spoke, Pence criticised China for "opaque" and debt-ridden infrastructure loans, forced technology transfers and intellectual property theft and militarisation of the South China Sea. "This is a short-sighted approach and it is doomed to failure", Xi told business leaders on the sidelines of the summit.
Xi also tackled United States attacks on China's communist system, saying there were more than 200 countries on the planet and "trying to erase their differences will not work, such differences are not a hindrance to exchanges, still less a cause for confrontation".
Xi expressed support for the global free trading system that has underpinned his country's rise over the past quarter century to world's second-biggest economy after the U.S. "They should be observed by everyone and implemented without any double standards", Xi argued.
"Mankind has once again reached a crossroads", he said.
He denied there was a "hidden geopolitical agenda. nor is it a trap as some people have labelled it".
Two thirds of its members claim developing nation status that allows them to take advantage of benefits and exemptions to obligations not granted to advanced economies, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
APEC is also facing questions about its future.
But Pence made it clear that the United States would not back down. Harassment will only strengthen our resolve.