We fully understand the importance of the APEC leaders informal meeting and the UN climate conference to Chile and the world, but the president needs to put the interests of the people above everything else, Pinera said at the presidential palace, 24 Horas television reported Wednesday. Pinera added that the Chilean governments main concern is to rebuild public order, restore citizens security and social stability, and promote the implementation of social plans to respond to the demands of the people. In his speech, he compared the current social tensions to family conflicts, when there is a problem in the family, the father always has to give the family privileges. As president, he must give his compatriots privileges.
Reuters said the cancellation of the summit was a further blow to Chiles image as the most stable country in Latin America. Singapores Straits Times said Chiles decision to cancel the APEC summit highlighted the countrys serious problems, which is currently experiencing the worst turbulence in decades. Just two days ago, the Chilean government insisted that the summit would be held as scheduled.
Chiles decision to cancel the meeting will not only severely hurt its international image, but also deprive Chile of the opportunity to sign the Sino US trade agreement, the third daily newspaper of Chile commented. US President trump recently confirmed his attendance at the APEC summit and believed that the US and China could sign a trade agreement during the summit. The White House said it was surprised to learn of the cancellation of Chiles APEC summit. Reuters said a White House official said the U.S. government learned about the decision from news reports and is seeking more information. A source familiar with China US economic and trade talks said the cancellation of the summit does not affect the progress being made by the two countries, according to us political news network. We just need to find the right place, the source said.
The New York Times reported that Espinosa, executive secretary of the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change, issued a statement saying that other countries are being consulted to host the United Nations Climate Change Conference and the date of the conference will be postponed. The guardian said Pineras decision could further disrupt countries response to the climate crisis.
In recent weeks, massive protests have erupted across Chile as the government decided on October 6 to raise subway fares by 30 pesos, CNBC said. Pinera declared a state of emergency in Santiago in the early morning of the 19th, after which 15 of Chiles 16 regions successively entered a state of emergency in part or in whole. Pinera, 26, asked all cabinet members to submit their resignations in order to reorganize the cabinet, respond to the demands of the people and adapt to the new situation. Chile canceled the national emergency from 0:00 on the 28th, so that Chile can resume normal operation of its institutions.
But a series of measures by the Chilean government have not been effective. Chileans took to the streets to protest again that day, AFP reported Tuesday. Nearly 10000 people gathered in the Italian square in Santiago alone. Some tried to go to the heavily guarded presidential palace, so they clashed with riot police. At least 20 people have been killed in demonstrations, according to Chiles latest official data on the 28th.