APEC summit will bring together Xi Jinping, Kamala Harris and other leaders

China’s Xi Jinping and Japan’s Fumio Kishida will hold their first face-to-face talks

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the sixth plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee in Beijing, capital of China. The session was held in Beijing from 8 to 11 November.

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

chinese foreign ministry The two men will exchange views on China-Japan relations, as well as international and regional issues of common concern.

“China and Japan are close neighbors and important countries in the region…Both sides should respond to the trend of the times, stick to peace and friendship, expand mutual cooperation beneficial, manage differences well and work together to build a China-Japan relationship that answers the call of the new era,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said Wednesday.

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

— Lee Ying Shan

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

Saudi Arabia’s involvement in energy investments in Thailand is a “good sign” for diplomatic relations between the two countries, APEC Executive Director Kasemsit Pathomsak told CNBC’s Sri Jegarajah.

In May, state-backed Aramco signed a memorandum of understanding with the Thai national oil company with the aim of strengthening energy cooperation with Thailand and strengthening its presence in the region. In the same month, the Saudi Investment Fund said it 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’s a lot of synergies to be had here,” Pathomsak said, noting that food and energy were areas of potential cooperation.

The agreements suggest a new thaw in relations after the 30-year-old “blue diamond affair” which involved the theft of Saudi jewelry and the deaths of Saudi diplomats 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

Cambodian Hun Sen tests positive for Covid, will not participate in APEC

Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia

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Cambodian 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 that he tested positive for covid and had to cancel his meetings at the Indonesian G-20 summit to return home early.

— Lee Ying Shan

Biden will miss the summit; Vice President Kamala Harris will represent the United States

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff (L) depart Joint Base Andrews en route to Thailand for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit November 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 United States

“The vice president will meet with Thai leaders and civil society representatives to reaffirm and strengthen the U.S.-Thai alliance and to discuss our cooperation on a range of issues,” the press secretary said. Maison Blanche, Karine Jean-Pierre, in an October press release.

Earlier this week, Biden attended the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, where leaders of major economies discussed Russia’s War in Ukrainethe cost of living crisis, supply chain disruptions as well as energy and food security.

— Lee Ying Shan

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