Reporters at the APEC summit gave a coffee and a book about the Maclay

© AP Photo / Mark SchiefelbeinЗаседание APEC meeting in Port Moresby. Archival photoReporters at the APEC summit gave a coffee and a book about the Maclay© AP Photo / Mark Schiefelbein

Russian journalists arriving to cover the APEC summit in Papua New Guinea, was given a book about the famous Russian traveler Nicholas Maclay, the correspondent of RIA Novosti.

Traditionally, the organizers of the forum awarded to members of the media bags and backpacks with small gadgets and local specialities. This time, in addition to pens, notebooks and stick with the symbolism of APEC in 2018, in the backpack were the new Guinea traditional knitted bag with a pack of local coffee and a book «Miklukho-Maklay. 21. Revived history».

The booklet, published in Russian language with a circulation of 5 thousand copies, «for gratuitous distribution», explains why Nicholas miklouho-Maclay went to the XIX century, in a dangerous expedition to the island of New Guinea, and outlines 11 commandments of the traveler.

Maclay was leaning towards the view that racial and cultural characteristics of Nations formed under the influence of the natural and social environment. To substantiate this theory, he undertook a journey to the Islands of the Pacific to study «Papuan race». First, he visited the northeastern shore of New Guinea (1871-1872), which has since been called the Maclay Coast. And then 15 months he lived among the Papuans and their friendly and considerate behavior gained their love and trust. After the scientist was also named the mountain and river in New Guinea, an underwater mountain in the Pacific and the Gulf on the Wilkes Land in Antarctica.

The two-day APEC CEO summit opens Saturday in Port Moresby. The Russian delegation is headed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Papua New Guinea, one of the poorest countries in the Asia-Pacific region, for the first time takes a meeting of leaders of the 21 APEC economies. With limited budget, the authorities have relied on national identity. So, the night before, they arranged a welcome party with the participation of representatives of the numerous tribes of this country. Dressed in national clothes, skirts and bodices of leaves, colorful hats with feathers and flowers representatives of different tribes demonstrated their national traditions, sang chants and ritual dances.