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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

APEC Meeting Starts

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- It should have been the usual opportunity for Asia's economic tigers to flaunt their prowess.

Instead, the fifth Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, meeting in Vancouver, starting Thursday, will probably focus on how to keep the world's fastest growing region afloat after months of financial turmoil that has left some economies close to ruin.

Though Asian officials insist they will not be deflected from their agenda for further trade liberalization, some leaders have already made clear that Asia's financial crisis will be a central issue at the summit.

Of the 18 countries at the summit, 12 are from Asia and nearly all of these are still reeling from the fallout of currency turmoil that swept through that region.