APEC summit with Xi Jinping, Kamala Harris and other leaders

Kamala Harris held talks with Thai Prime Minister to reaffirm commitment to Southeast Asia

US Vice President Kamala Harris is expected to reiterate Washington’s commitment to Southeast Asia during her trip to Thailand and the Philippines, a senior administration official told reporters earlier this week.

The vice president is scheduled to deliver a speech at the APEC CEO Summit on Friday in which he will outline the White House’s economic agenda for the region.

“The central message of his remarks will be that the United States has an enduring economic commitment to the Indo-Pacific region, and there is no better partner for Indo-Pacific economies and institutions than the United States,” the official said. said.

On Saturday, Harris will meet with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to discuss issues such as the climate crisis, the clean energy transition and Myanmar.

– Lee Ying Shan

China’s Xi Jinping and Japan’s Fumio Kishida are set to hold face-to-face talks.

Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed the Sixth Concluding Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China in the Chinese capital, Beijing. The session was held in Beijing from November 8 to 11.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will meet at the APEC summit.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China He said the two would exchange views on China-Japan relations and international and regional issues of mutual interest.

“China and Japan are close neighbors and important countries in the region… Both sides should respond to the trend of the times, remain steadfast in peace and friendship, expand mutually beneficial cooperation, manage differences well, and work together. China meets the call of a new era.” -Build the relationship with Japan,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning said on Wednesday.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is also expecting Meet Xi on the page of the forum, Reuters reported, citing a government spokesman.

– Lee Ying Shan

Saudi-Thai cooperation on food and energy ‘a good sign’, says APEC executive director

Saudi Arabia’s commitment to energy investments in Thailand is a “good sign” for diplomatic ties between the two counties, APEC Executive Director Kasemsit Pathomchak told CNBC’s Sri Jekarajah.

In May, state-backed Aramco Signed the MoU It is working with the National Oil Company of Thailand to strengthen energy cooperation with Thailand and increase its presence in the region. In the same month, the Saudi Arabian Investment Fund said: Use Thailand as a hub for investing in Southeast Asia.

“It’s a good sign.

The deals suggest a further thaw in relations after the 30-year-old “Blue Diamond Affair” involving the theft of Saudi jewels and the death of Saudi diplomats in Thailand. In January, Prayuth San-Ocha became Prime Minister First Head of Government to visit Thailand From the controversy.

– Lee Ying Shan

Cambodian Hun Sen will not attend APEC as he has tested positive for Covid

Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia

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Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen tested positive for Covid earlier this week and will not attend the APEC summit in Bangkok.

The Cambodian leader announced on Tuesday Test positive for covid And had to cancel his meetings at the G-20 summit in Indonesia and return home early.

– Lee Ying Shan

Biden to miss summit; Vice President Kamala Harris will be participating on behalf of the United States

US President Joe Biden will not attend the APEC leaders’ meeting in Bangkok as he attends his granddaughter’s wedding. Instead, Vice President Kamala Harris will represent the United States

“The Vice President will engage with Thai leaders and civil society representatives to reaffirm and strengthen the US-Thai alliance and discuss our cooperation on a range of issues,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in an October statement.

Earlier this week, Biden attended the Group of 20 summit Bali, Indonesia, where Leaders of major economies discussed Russia’s War in UkraineCost of living crisis, supply chain constraints as well as energy and food security.

– Lee Ying Shan

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