Threats to peace dominate APEC leaders’ summit in Bangkok
Threats to peace and stability dominated the agenda at the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) in Bangkok, where leaders warned war and tensions between major powers threaten to disrupt the global order.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese told his fellow leaders at the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, which kicked off its two-day meeting yesterday, attended by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, that “geopolitical tensions are affecting peace and stability and undermining existing international ones.” Order.” over the rules that we all agree on is necessary.” Albanese said: “The conditions we face today as business leaders and the multiple intertwined global crises could not be more urgent as they engulf our region. “
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha spoke on the climate, saying: “We must work together to reduce the impact of climate change and protect our world. We cannot live as we have lived in the past.
At an economic conference on the sidelines of the summit, French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated this call to restore global order and end the confrontation in both Ukraine and Asia, where he said frictions between the largest economies, the United States and China, forced countries to conform.
Macron, invited by Thailand to guest at the APEC summit, said “there is no stability or peace except on the basis of international order and respect,” noting that the numerous crises may have brought the world to a “tipping point.” to have .”
Calling for rejection of hegemony and confrontation, the French President stressed stability in the Asia-Pacific region, saying “No to hegemony, nor to confrontation.”
“We’re in the jungle and we have two big elephants that are getting more and more nervous,” Macron said. And as their tension builds, they’ll start fighting each other, and that’s going to be a big problem for the rest of the forest.”
“We’re going to need the cooperation of many other animals…tigers, monkeys…etc.” he added to laughter from the audience.
For her part, US Vice President Kamala Harris yesterday assured Asian leaders of the United States’ long-term commitment to the region, dismissing doubts about the scale of its involvement amid increasing Chinese dominance.
“The United States is here to stay,” Harris told business leaders on the sidelines of APEC.
And with both US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin absent, Chinese President Xi Jinping was the star of the Bangkok crowd.
On Thursday at the economic conference, which was largely closed to the media, Xi warned of a “new cold war” and attempts to dismantle supply chains that have been built up over decades. On Thursday, the Chinese president said the Asia-Pacific region is “nobody’s yard”.
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