An association dedicated
to the trade
, and economic growth
of nations along the Pacific. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) works to remove trade tariffs and other obstacles to trade in
the area. The organization
was established in 1989, and 21 nations are members. The APEC's headquarters are in Singapore. The countries involved are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, China; Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, The Republic of the Philippines, The Russian Federation
, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, United States
of America, and Viet Nam.