The Latest: Vietnam, Philippines forge closer relationship in response to China tensions
MANILA, Philippines — Leaders from 21 countries and self-governing territories are gathering in Manila for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. The meeting's official agenda is focused on trade, business and economic issues but terrorism, South China Sea disputes and climate change are also set to be in focus. (All times are local.)
Vietnam and the Philippines have signed an agreement to elevate their relationship to a strategic partnership.
The countries are the ones most at odds with Beijing over its claims to the South China Sea. Their agreement is meant to help deepen their trade, maritime and defense cooperation.