THURSDAY, February 22, 2024

14 world leaders confirm they will be at Apec Summit in Bangkok, Putin undecided

14 world leaders confirm they will be at Apec Summit in Bangkok, Putin undecided

Fourteen world leaders have so far confirmed they will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit in Bangkok on November 18-19, according to Government House on Monday.

The 14 leaders who have confirmed they will be at the summit, to be hosted by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, are:

1. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (Australia)

2. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (Brunei Darussalam)

3. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Canada)

4. President Xi Jinping (China)

5. Chief Executive John Lee (Hong Kong)

6. President Joko Widodo (Indonesia)

7. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (Japan)

8. President Gabriel Boric (Chile)

9. President Pedro Castillo (Peru)

10. President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr (Philippines)

11. President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (Vietnam)

12. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (New Zealand)

13. Prime Minister James Marape (Papua New Guinea)

14. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (Singapore)

Thailand is awaiting Russian President Vladimir Putin's response on whether he will attend the Apec Summit, Government House said.

Five other member countries have given various reasons for sending lower-level representatives to the Apec Summit and meetings, being held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre in central Bangkok:

1. Mexico: Preoccupied with internal economic affairs.

2. Malaysia: Parliament dissolved on October 10 ahead of an election due on November 29.

3. South Korea: After Saturday’s deadly Halloween stampede in Seoul, President Yoon Suk-yeol decided to appoint representatives to attend the summit.

4. Taiwan: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company founder Morris Chang will attend as a representative of President Tsai Ing-wen amid tensions with China.

5. United States: Vice President Kamala Harris will attend in place of President Joe Biden, who will be attending his granddaughter Naomi’s wedding.

Three non-Apec members will also attend the summit at the special invitation of host Thailand:

1. Cambodia - Prime Minister Hun Sen

2. France - President Emmanuel Macron

3. Saudi Arabia - Prime Minister and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman