The APEC has some major trading countries like the U.S., China, Russia, Canada, Japan and Australia. The big players missing are the EU and the emerging economies of Brazil, India and South Africa. Is the absence of the emerging economies making it easier for agreements to take place there? Should the APEC Agreements provide a basis for renewed WTO commitments? Will the trend of APEC agreements and commitments provide a boost to less protectionism? China, Indonesia, Russia and U.S. are members to the APEC. However, recent measures by Indonesia, Russia and China do not indicate the move towards trade liberalization. Is the APEC, like Ministerial Conferences, just a forum to espouse the cause of free trade and openness while countries continue to adopt "protectionist" policies to further national interest?