An organi-zation, formed in 1989 as the result of an Australian initiative, that brings together the countries of the Asia-Pacific region (in-cluding the United States and Canada) to discuss economic is-sues of common concern. APEC has a small headquarters office in Singapore and holds annual ministerial-level meetings.
A forum designed to promote economic growth, cooperation, and integration among member nations. Members include 6 ASEAN nations (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand), plus: Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States. The most prominent members are China, Japan, and Korea.