"Our 19 APEC members pledged to strengthen the world economy and advance our common
prosperity. We took a strong stand for freedom and human rights in East Timor. We
also stood for the proposition that we can best lift the world's fortune by having more
free and fair trade. In November, we'll go to Seattle to launch a new world trade
round, determined to make this APEC agenda the world's agenda."
President Bill Clinton
September 14, 1999
The Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting produced several key
achievements, including activation of a peacekeeping force in East Timor; progress on
trade talks with China; and suspension of North Korea's long-range missile program.