APEC 2022

Violent protests cast a shadow over Thailand’s successful hosting of APEC Summit

The Prayut Chan-o-cha government managed to secure endorsement for its ambitious Bangkok Goals on Bio-Circular-Green Economy (BCG) agenda at the conclusion of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, but…

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APEC can be much more with increased action and binding commitments

APEC is necessary, but it needs to be rethought, made more binding and take more action to make it more relevant, according to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aat Pisanwanich, Director, Centre…

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Police release all 25 “Stop APEC 2022” protesters on bail

All 25 protesters, arrested near the Democracy Monument yesterday (Friday) as they tried to breach a police cordon to march to the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, have each been…

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Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (R) hands a ceremonial woven cha-lom to US Vice President Kamala Harris (L) at the handover ceremony during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok on November 19, 2022.

APEC leaders’ declaration approved as Thai PM hails the summit as a success

APEC leaders wrapped up their two-day summit in Bangkok by endorsing a leaders’ declaration, committing to Thailand’s “Bangkok Goals” on a bio-circular-green economy and the realisation of a free trade…

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APEC ministers agree on a joint statement

APEC ministers have agreed a joint statement, described by a senior Thai official as the first such document issued for an APEC Summit with Thailand as the host. Cherdchai Chaivaivid,…

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French President tours Bangkok’s Wat Pho and Rajadamnern boxing stadium

French President Emmanuel Macron, his delegation and members of the foreign media covering the APEC Summit visited Phra Chetuphon Temple, or “Wat Pho”, a Royal temple in Bangkok last night…

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VP Harris met briefly with China’s Xi at APEC

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Saturday met briefly with Chinese President Xi Jinping, a White House official said. “The Vice President noted a key message that President Biden emphasized…

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Royal audience for APEC leaders

Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand granted an audience to APEC leaders last evening (Friday), in the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall of the Grand Palace. Their Majesties…

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Sales of Pon Yang Kham beef spike after being served at APEC Summit

Pon Yang Kham beef, from breeding cooperatives in Thailand’s Sakhon Nakhon province, is selling well after it was selected for a dish served to APEC leaders at a gala dinner…

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U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris holds a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio, South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to discuss North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launch during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Haiyun Jiang/Pool Photo via AP)

VP Harris assures Asian leaders US is ‘here to stay’

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris assured Asian leaders Friday that “the United States is here to stay” as she pitched Washington as a reliable economic partner committed to the region…

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Protesters disperse from Bangkok’s Lan Khon Mueang Town Square

Protesters at Lan Khon Mueang Town Square packed their belongings and dispersed this afternoon (Friday), after their attempt to march to the APEC meeting at the Queen Sirikit National Convention…

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Thai PM opens APEC Summit calling for balance, inclusivity and sustainable growth

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha opened the summit of APEC leaders today (Friday) with a call for balance, inclusivity and sustainable growth for countries in the Asia-Pacific region, as envisaged…

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Farmers harvest rice in a paddy field in Thailand’s southern province of Naratahiwat on February 18, 2021. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)

Hope for APEC on sustainable development goals

Sustainable development has been a feature of most global summits, including APEC. As the host economy this year, Thailand included the bio-circular-green economy on the agenda. What remains a concern…

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Protesters clash with police as they try to march to APEC Summit site

Protesters from the so-called “Stop APEC 2022” movement clashed with riot-control police this morning (Friday) as they left Bangkok’s Lan Khon Mueang Town Square to march to the Queen Sirikit…

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“Changing Asia -New Normal” exhibition in Bangkok.

Zooming in on the ‘New Normal’

Asian countries have always shared a degree of similarity but the past 3 years have seen the region go through a multitude of changes due to the COVID outbreak. Scenes…

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Anti-government protesters Ratsadon at Asoke Intersection in Bangkok on 17th November 2022, demanding the leaders of APEC members address human rights, democratization, and end big conglomerates’ monopolies.

Experts want Thailand to pursue a more inclusive BCG model for development

Thailand is expecting the leaders of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) members to endorse the Bangkok Goals 2022 during the summit this weekend, which aims to move the region towards…

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Xi says Asia-Pacific is no one’s backyard

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday warned against major power contest in Asia-Pacific which he said is no one’s backyard. “No attempt to wage a new Cold War will ever…

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China’s Xi arrives in Thailand for APEC meeting

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Thailand on Thursday, state broadcaster CCTV said, for a summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum focused on pandemic recovery and the war in Ukraine. “In the…

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Protesters injured in clash with police at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument

Two protesters were slightly injured in a minor clash between anti-government protesters and police at the Democracy Monument before noon today (Thursday). Police reiterated their warning that protesters will not…

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Caviar on the menu for APEC leaders from the Royal Project Foundation

One of the dishes too be served at the gala dinner for APEC leaders and their spouses tonight (Thursday) at the Royal Thai Navy Convention Hall is caviar from the…

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APEC-CEO Summit to consider private sector report Thursday and Friday

A report to APEC economic leaders, prepared by the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), will be tabled for discussion at the APEC-CEO Summit, scheduled for today (Thursday) and tomorrow. According…

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Bangkok skywalk and road closures until Saturday during APEC Summit

The skywalk, from Chalerm Phao intersection to the Maneeya Building, is now closed until the end of the APEC Summit on Saturday, as part of the security measures. The closure…

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Protesters may try to get closer to APEC meeting venue in Bangkok

An anti-government protest leader said today (Thursday) that protesters may try to move closer to the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, in an attempt to get APEC leaders and delegates…

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“Bangkok Goals” endorsed at APEC senior officials’ meeting

Senior APEC officials have succeeded in working out a joint statement on Thailand’s proposed “Bangkok Goals” on BCG (Bio-economy, Circular Economy and Green Economy), after three days of meetings at…

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Protesters may not overnight in Bangkok’s Lan Khon Mueang town square

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will not allow protesters to stay overnight at the Lan Khon Mueang Town Square. In response to planned rallies in the square by protesters, including…

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Air passengers advised to allow more time for their travel to airports

Passengers intending to take domestic or international flights out of Bangkok are being advised to allow 3 hours before boarding time for travel to Suvarnabhumi or Don Mueang airports. The…

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Road checkpoints set up around Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre

Checkpoints have been set up on roads surrounding the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre in Bangkok, to beef up security for APEC leaders and delegates. They will remain in place…

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APEC leaders return to feast their eyes on Royal Thai Navy Convention Hall

The Royal Thai Navy Convention Hall has once again been chosen to host world leaders at the APEC Gala Dinner, reprising its role after two decades.  On Thursday night, APEC…

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What hosting the APEC Summit means to Thailand 

This week, Thailand will get its moment under the sun when it hosts one of the major diplomatic events of the year — the APEC leaders’ summit — from Monday…

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APEC youth representatives present Youth Declaration to Thai PM

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha received the Youth Declaration at Government House today (Monday), from young representatives of Asia-Pacific economies, under the APEC Voices of the Future program. He told the…

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Rush to register for access to areas declared off-limits during APEC meeting

Dozens of delivery riders, other motorcyclists and residents of communities near the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre flocked to Lumpini police station today (Monday) to register for permission to enter…

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Thai government’s seven souvenirs for APEC leaders and their spouses

Seven souvenirs have been prepared by the Thai government for presentation to leaders and their spouses during the APEC Summit, taking place on November 18th and 19th at the Queen…

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Light extravaganzas illuminate the Chao Phraya River to greet APEC delegates, promote tourism

As the host of the APEC 2022 (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation), the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has organised the “Vijit Chao Phraya” lighting event along the Chao Phraya River, the…

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This picture shows the signage for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok on November 2, 2022. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

More than 2,300 journalists covering APEC meeting in Bangkok

More than 2,300 journalists from around the world have registered to cover the Asia Pacific Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) in Bangkok on 18th and 19th November, according to a foreign…

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Queen Sirikit Convention Centre and 19 hotels off-limits to protesters Nov 14th-19th

Protests or public gatherings which will disrupt officials in their performance of duties during the APEC Summit and related meetings, between November 14th and 19th, are banned from the Queen…

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The silken, harmonious and dazzling touch of Thainess gracing APEC 2022

While Thainess is not the official theme of APEC 2022, it has been omnipresent in hundreds of APEC meetings that Thailand has hosted since December. This unique Thai touch will…

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Thai police assess potential threats to APEC Summit

The Thai police and military intelligence services have collected more than 220,000 items of information in their efforts to assess potential threats to the APEC Summit in Bangkok on November…

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How far can Thailand’s ambitious BCG push go in the APEC community?

Thailand’s intention to push the Bio-Circular-Green economic model on the agenda of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings is mostly aimed at benefiting domestic big conglomerates, rather than driving…

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QSNCC: Thailand’s rebuilt national convention center faces first test on global stage

Thailand is hosting this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit next week at the newly rebuilt Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre (QSNCC). The venue closed in April 2019 for a…

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Putin will not attend the APEC leader’s meeting

The Russian Embassy informed the Thai Foreign Ministry today (Thursday) that President Vladimir Putin will not attend the upcoming APEC leaders meeting on 18th and 19th November 2022. First Deputy…

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Bangkok road closures for APEC leaders’ motorcade protection drills

Numerous roads in Bangkok will be closed late afternoon today (Thursday) and tomorrow as the Metropolitan Police and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs conduct a second drill for APEC leaders’…

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30,000 police deployed for APEC Summit in Bangkok

About 30,000 police officers will be on duty for the APEC Summit in Bangkok, taking place on November 18th and 19th, including about 3,000 posted at the Queen Sirikit National…

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Best Thai ingredients to travel to Apec from all over the country

Phuket lobster, caviar from the Royal Project, Jasmine rice from Tung Kula Ronghai, free-range chicken from Nakhon Pathom, Betong chicken from Yala, beef from Sakon Nakhon, wine from Khao Yai,…

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Free car parking at Suvarnabhumi airport from November 15th to 21st

During the APEC summit, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport will allow motorists to park their cars in the Zone C parking lot free of charge, from November 15th to 21st. Special holidays…

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60,000 suspects related to guns and drugs rounded up in Thailand ahead of APEC summit

Thai police have taken into custody more than 60,000 suspects, on charges related to firearms and illegal narcotics, during a nation-wide crime suppression campaign, which began on October 10th, ahead…

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What’s on the menu for APEC’s leaders?

Is US Vice President Kamala Harris a vegetarian? Will Australian Prime Minister Antony Albanese like to try Thai wagyu from Korat? Would Indonesian President Widodo Joko like to take a…

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Asoke intersection to Khlong Toei in Bangkok to close to traffic Nov 14th-19th

The road between the Asoke and Ratchadapisek-Khlong Toei intersections will be closed to traffic from November 14th through 19th, as part of the security and traffic management for the pre-APEC…

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Citizens’ groups want APEC leaders to prioritize people’s problems

Civic groups are demanding that leaders of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), who will meet in Bangkok in November, address the problems faced by society at the root, rather…

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Biden to join ASEAN summit, Harris to attend APEC

US President Joe Biden will use his visit to Cambodia next month for a summit with ASEAN to reaffirm the US commitment to Southeast Asia, according to the White House….

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November 16-18 special holidays for Bangkok, Samut Prakan and Nonthaburi

The Thai cabinet has made November 16th, 17th and 18th special public holidays for Bangkok, Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan to ease the movement of government leaders and senior officials during…

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French President Macron confirms APEC attendance

President Emmanuel Macron of France has officially confirmed that he will attend the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum scheduled for November 18-19, according to spokesman of the Foreign…

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“Nuan” the cat chosen as Thailand’s mascot for APEC Summit

The Thai Foreign Ministry has chosen a cat, by the name of Nuan, as Thailand’s publicity mascot for the APEC Summit, to be held in Bangkok on November 18th and…

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(FILE) US President Joe Biden disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland, Ohio, July 6, 2022, as he travels to speak about the economy. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Biden’s APEC no-show seen as a blow to Thai government’s credibility

US President Joe Biden’s decision to skip the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Thailand in November is a reflection of the Thai government’s weak international image and the…

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France’s President Macron invited to APEC meeting in November

Thailand has invited French President Emmanuel Macron to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Leader’s Meeting (APECLM) in November, Thai PBS World has learned. The invitation is special, because France…

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US President Joe Biden speaks at the Global Fund Seventh Replenishment Conference in New York on September 21, 2022. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

US and Thailand seeking a way for Biden to attend APEC meeting

US President Joe Biden understands the importance of APEC, and both Thailand and the US are coordinating to find a way for the President to attend the leader’s meeting in…

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US President Biden to skip APEC summit

US President Joe Biden will not attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ meeting in Bangkok due to “a family engagement”, Thai PBS learned last night. The White House…

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Domestic political turmoil poses challenge in hosting APEC Summit  

As Thailand waits anxiously for a court verdict that will determine the political future of General Prayut Chan-o-cha and whether he stays on as the country’s prime minister, the clock is…

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Ray of Hope for Thai and Regional Traders

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused serious damage to economies around the world and even though the worst of the outbreaks appear to be over, countries are currently having to battle…

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Thai engineers win APEC 2022 App Challenge

Two Thai engineers won the 2022 APEC App Challenge, held in Thailand, early this week during the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade meeting. The winners are Palakon Kotchapansompote and Peerawit…

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U.S., others walk out of APEC talks over Russia’s Ukraine invasion – officials

BANGKOK, May 21 (Reuters) – Representatives of the United States and several other nations walked out of an Asia-Pacific trade ministers meeting in Bangkok on Saturday to protest Russia’s invasion…

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Discussion on “safe passage” among APEC members takes centre stage

Senior APEC officials have continued to discuss proposals related to “safe passage” schemes which, as part of Thailand’s priorities, could be key deliverables, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson…

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Thailand promotes ‘safe passage’ in APEC

As the host of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2022, Thailand is spearheading efforts to enhance connectivity and greater business mobility, to ensure that safe and seamless travel will resume. According…

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PM Prayut – APEC must be open, connected and balanced

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said that, under the Thai chairmanship, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) will be open to all opportunities, connected in all dimensions and balanced in all aspects…

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Major geopolitical challenges in 2022 ‘too big’ for Thailand to handle

As host of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summits and Myanmar crisis resolution, Thailand faces major challenges of superpower rivalry and ASEAN centrality in 2022. However, seasoned diplomats fear this Thai…

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Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai and PM’s Office Minister Anucha Nakhasai unveiling the APEC 2022 logo during a ceremony at Iconsiam yesterday. [Image Credit: Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

As APEC host, Thailand embraces bio-circular-green economy

To cope with uncertainty and to overcome the health and economic difficulties brought about by COVID-19, the APEC 2022 host is to promote resilient, inclusive, balanced and sustainable growth for…

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Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai and PM’s Office Minister Anucha Nakhasai unveiling the APEC 2022 logo during a ceremony at Iconsiam yesterday. [Image Credit: Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

APEC summit crucial to world’s economic recovery

The summit of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to be chaired by Thailand next year will play a crucial in the world’s economic recovery in the aftermath of the…

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Thailand’s private sector ready to be host of ABAC 2022

Thailand’s private sector is preparing to host the APEC Business Advisory Council in 2022 (ABAC 2022) under the concept of “Embrace, Engage and Enable” and using the traditional “Dok Loi”…

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