Four Adjectives in Search of a Noun

In Seattle, few sour notes emerged as APEC leaders met and proceeded cautiously to cement trade ties

FRESH FROM HIS FREE-TRADE TRIUMPH in the Americas, Bill Clinton bounded onstage at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in Seattle last week, singing the glories of pan-Pacific free trade. Amity and optimism were watchwords as the U.S. President greeted leaders from 14 other APEC members, sat through bilateral meetings and swept the whole group off for a casual get- together on nearby Blake Island. There the leaders issued a vague but upbeat joint statement on their shared "economic vision" for the Asia- Pacific area. Said Clinton at a Saturday press conference: "We've agreed that the Asia-Pacific region should be a united...

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