The fight among lawmakers in Washington over the federal budget and the US debt ceiling is causing significant damage.
The US Congress reaching a bipartisan deal shielding hundreds of thousands of so-called Dreamers from deportation and averting a looming government shutdown promised to be tough, but doable. Then two things happened.
So much for the end of free trade. The United States isn't calling the shots in Peru - China is. With the looming change of power in Washington, Beijing is stepping into the fold.
Two months before the inauguration of Donald Trump as the next US President and the likely end of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal, signs emerge that the Asia-Pacific region is turning towards a Plan B.
US-Russian relations have become noticeably worse since both countries' leaders met in Hamburg in July. So, will they meet at the APEC summit? Conflicting answers have emerged.
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