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Biden not among leaders to attend Apec

BANGKOK: At least five Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) leaders have confirmed their participation in the upcoming Apec summit to be held in Bangkok, Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanee Sangrat said yesterday (Sept 27).

By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 28 September 2022, 04:11PM

Photo: Bangkok Post.

Photo: Bangkok Post.

This comes amid news that US President Joe Biden will not be attending the Nov 18-19 meeting, reports the Bangkok Post.

Mr Tanee said that a number of other Apec leaders have already informed the Thai ambassador to the United Nations during the annual UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City that they would attend the Apec meeting. No further details of these leaders’ planned participation in the summit can be disclosed due to security reasons, he said.

Mr Tanee made the statement after it was reported that Mr Biden is likely to skip the Apec summit. US Vice President Kamala Harris will instead take part, according to US media reports.

The reports said Mr Biden will be hosting a Nov 19 wedding reception at the White House for his eldest granddaughter Naomi Biden, who is the eldest daughter of Mr Biden’s son Hunter.

Foreign Affairs Minister Don Pramudwinai said people do not necessarily pay attention to who will represent what countries at the summit. The focus is on which countries will or will not be coming to the meeting.

“It doesn’t really matter... as the obligations possibly adopted at the meeting will definitely be bound to the countries, not to the persons representing them,” Mr Don said.

“I totally understand if some Thai people may not see it the same way as many people in other countries do,” he said.

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“But please understand that that is a common perspective shared by most people in the rest of the world.”

Mr Don said he believes the upcoming meeting will bring about further trade freedom in the region. This plays a crucial role in uniting Apec members and assisting with the region’s post-pandemic economic recovery, he said.

Acting Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon declined to comment yesterday on the reports about Mr Biden skipping the Apec meeting.

Anusorn Iamsa-ard, an opposition MP from the Pheu Thai Party, called on the government to think carefully about why Mr Biden might decide against coming to the summit while pledging to attend the G20 Summit in Bali on Nov 15-16.

Mr Anusorn said he believed Mr Biden’s decision had something to do with the Thai government’s declaration of an emergency decree which has been ongoing now for two years and six months.

The government announced earlier that the state of emergency imposed to deal with the pandemic would be lifted on Sept 30.

More than 15,000 police officers will be deployed to ensure security at the Apec summit’s venues both in and outside of Bangkok, said deputy national police chief Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapas.

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DeKaaskopp | 30 September 2022 - 10:24:55

@Kurt   Xi Jinping was invited , even it it drew criticism from politicians. Actually easy to find on the internet, except for you of course !
@Christysweet   Sorry if you can 't find any info about the Kings invitation. Try harder or contact the English Royal House direct and request a list of persons who were invited. 

Kurt | 30 September 2022 - 02:05:22

Dek shows he not understand the labeled doing things between world Royalties. For a country that has so much/so sensitive with/about 'respect' and 'face', sending the Ambassador for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II of UK and Commonwealth is of a thick skinned insult. Very self isolating/closing off.

Kurt | 29 September 2022 - 19:27:25

Ir was published that Xi was not invites, not welcom in London, due to his way of handling 50 years HongKong treaty. To make it not to bad between UK and China Wang was allowed to come.
A bit face giving to China. With honey one catch more flies than with vinegar.

christysweet | 29 September 2022 - 19:27:06

DK I cannot find any info the Thai invites- I will concede I may be wrong- but will you agree Thailand is not a practicing democracy since Prayuth seized power or did the election magically  absolve him of crimes against the Constitution?

DeKaaskopp | 29 September 2022 - 16:10:03

Sorry Kurt,but Chinas Xi  Jinping was invited to the funeral. China did send their vice president Wang Qishan to the funeral. Again you are wrong,same with your assumption about the emergency decree. 

DeKaaskopp | 29 September 2022 - 12:58:19

@Christysweet    Totally wrong ! They were invited, but for undisclosed reasons they did the send the Thai- Ambassador for England to the funeral.

Kurt | 29 September 2022 - 12:14:55

@Christysweet, that explains when you are right. Puts Thailand on the same 'Not welcom' list as China, Myanmar, Syria, Russia, Iran and Venuzuela. and probably a few more. That unneeded Thai emergency decree sure has something to do with it.

christysweet | 29 September 2022 - 10:04:08

If no one attended the  QE II funeral it was because they were not invited. Wholly fitting as the country is not a practicing democracy since power was seized in a  coup d'etat.

Kurt | 29 September 2022 - 01:37:35

Reading comments of Minister Don made me laugh,thinking about the absence of the most high Thai authorities at funeral HMS Queen Elizabeth II in London. All Kings, Queens, Emperor, Princes, Presidents,  were for that in London. No one from Thailand. Complete isolated itselves.


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