Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation
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Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)a regional alliance formed in 1990 with the general objective of establishing a FREE TRADE AREA, specifically creating a free trade zone for industrialized country members by 2010 and for developing country members by 2020. There are currently 17 members of APEC: USA, Canada, Japan, China/Hong Kong, Mexico, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. The USA, Canada and Mexico are also members of the NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (NAFTA), and Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand are also members of the ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS (ASEAN). See TRADE INTEGRATION.
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