APEC summit to feature Xi Jinping, Kamala Harris and other leaders

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Xi Jinping of China and Fumio Kishida of Japan hold first face-to-face talks

Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses the Sixth Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee in Beijing, China’s capital. The session took place in Beijing from 8 to 11 November.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida meet on the sidelines of the APEC summit.

China’s foreign ministry said the two will exchange views on China-Japan relations and international and regional issues of mutual concern.

“China and Japan are close neighbors and important countries in the region… The two sides should respond to the trend of the times, continue to commit to peace and friendship, expand mutually beneficial cooperation, manage differences well, and work together to establish a relationship between Build China and Japan that meets the call of the new era,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said Wednesday.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also expects to meet Xi on the sidelines of the forum, Reuters reported, citing a government spokesman.

— Lee Ying Shan

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

Saudi Arabia’s commitment to energy investment in Thailand is a “good sign” for diplomatic relations between the two provinces, APEC executive director Kasemsit Pathomsak told CNBC’s Sri Jegarajah.

In May, state-backed Aramco signed a memorandum of understanding with Thailand’s national oil company to strengthen energy cooperation with Thailand and increase its presence in the region. In the same month, the Saudi Arabian Investment Fund said it would use Thailand as a hub for investment in Southeast Asia.

“It’s a good sign… to definitely reconnect at a time when both economies are big enough and there are a lot of synergies to be had here,” said Pathomsak, pointing to food and energy as areas for possible collaboration.

The deals suggest a further thawing of relations after the 30-year Blue Diamond Affair, which saw Saudi jewels stolen and Saudi diplomats killed in Thailand. In January, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha became the first Thai head of government to visit the kingdom since the dispute.

— Lee Ying Shan

Hun Sen from Cambodia tests positive for Covid, will not attend APEC

Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen tested positive for Covid early this week and will not participate in the APEC summit in Bangkok.

The Cambodian leader announced on Tuesday that he tested positive for Covid and had to cancel his meetings at the G-20 summit in Indonesia to return home early.

— Lee Ying Shan

Biden misses top; Vice President Kamala Harris to represent the US

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff (L) depart from Joint Base Andrews en route to Thailand for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit on Nov. 16, 2022.

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

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

Earlier this week, Biden attended the Group of 20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, where leaders of major economies discussed Russia’s war in Ukraine, the cost of living crisis, supply chain disruptions, and energy and food security.

— Lee Ying Shan

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