The ATIS summit will include Xi Jinping, Kamala Harris and other leaders

China’s Xi Jinping and Japan’s Fumio Kishida will hold 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 ATIS summit.

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

“China and Japan are close neighbors and important countries in the region… The two countries should respond to the trend of the times, remain committed to peace and friendship, expand mutually beneficial cooperation, manage differences well, and work together to build China- Japanese relations that meet the call of the new era,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning said on Wednesday.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is also expecting meet you on the side at the forum, Reuters reported, citing a government spokesman.

— Lee Ying Shan

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

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

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

“It’s a good sign … certainly to reconnect at a time when both economies are big enough and there are a lot of synergies here,” Patomsak said, pointing to food and energy as areas of potential cooperation.

The agreements suggest a further thaw in relations after the 30-year “blue diamond affair”, which involved the theft of Saudi jewels and the deaths of Saudi diplomats in Thailand. In January, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha became Prime Minister the first Thai head of government to visit the kingdom since the dispute.

— Lee Ying Shan

Hun Sen of 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 earlier this week and will not be joining the ATIS summit in Bangkok.

The Cambodian leader announced on Tuesday that he tested positive for Covid and had to cancel his meetings at the G20 summit in Indonesia to return home early.

— Lee Ying Shan

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

US Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff (left) leave Joint Base Andrews en route to Thailand for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit on November 16, 2022.

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US President Joe Biden will not attend the ATIS 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 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 Karin Jean-Pierre said in a statement in October.

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

— Lee Ying Shan

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