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President Bush Ends Final Economic Meetings in Asia

U.S. President George W. Bush wrapped up his final meeting with Asia Pacific leaders here Sunday. President Bush left his last meeting with a collection of modest achievements: an endorsement of his plans for international financial regulatory reform, a renewed call for free trade and a promise from China to host another round of meetings that are aimed at ending North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

According to the MSNBC article, Bush got a boost as the six nations involved in ridding North Korea of its nuclear weaponry agreed to meet in China in December, perhaps to finally lock in a disarmament deal. The article then went on to talk about how Bush displayed a new willingness to look back on his term and speak wistfully about it, the kind of reflection he previously had dismissed as premature or pointless.

According to the New York Times article, the global financial crisis, free trade and North Korea were high on President Bush’s agenda for the meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. But with fewer than 60 days left in office, advisers to President Bush were realistic about what they could accomplish.

Both articles take different angles on this story. The New York Times article talks about how even though President Bush has so many things that he wants to address, he only has a limited amount of time. The MSNBC article takes the angle of reflection over Bush's foreign affairs meetings and how they have gone over his term as President.

Overall, both articles are good informative articles that capture two different angles on Bush's final meetings in Asia.