At APEC Russia and the U.S. look east
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Russia's far eastern port city Vladivostok on September 8, 2012. Asia-Pacific leaders meet for annual trade talks, hoping to present a united front amid a gloomy world economy but with team spirit frayed by worsening territorial rows.
September 8th, 2012
08:21 AM ET

At APEC Russia and the U.S. look east

From CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty

Vladivostok, the site of this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, is more than 5,000 miles from Moscow, seven times zones to the east. The word means “Ruler of the East” and the Russian government wants to make good on the promise of that name.

“When the decision was made that we would hold the chairmanship several years ago we thought that it would give a general boost to the whole region of Far East Russia,” says Mikhail Kalugin, Acting Head of Economic Section at the Russian Embassy in Washington.