APEC 2022: A few highs and some lows for Prayut government

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, the biggest diplomatic event hosted by Thailand in a long time, is touted by the government as a success, but civic groups are…

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Hong Kong’s Chief Executive John Lee attends the “APEC Leaders’ Informal Dialogue with Guests” event during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok on November 18, 2022. (Photo by ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA / POOL / AFP)

Hong Kong leader tests positive for Covid on return from APEC

(AFP) – Hong Kong leader John Lee tested positive for Covid-19 on his return from an Asia-Pacific summit, the city’s government said Monday, days after he met Chinese President Xi…

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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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(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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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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Photo from Facebook page APEC 2022 Thailand

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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Photo from Facebook page APEC 2022 Thailand

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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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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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit via video, from Beijing on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021 / AP

China’s leader Xi warns against ‘Cold War’ in Asia-Pacific

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Thursday against letting tensions in the Asian-Pacific region cause a relapse into a Cold War mentality. His remarks on the…

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APEC region’s economy to grow by 6% in 2021

Next year, economic growth in the APEC region is forecast to shrink to 4.9%, from the estimated growth of 6% this year, in anticipation of the unwinding of fiscal and…

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Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Photo courtesy of the Government House (Thai Ku Fah)

Thai, New Zealand PMs meet virtually as APEC chairmanship handover looms

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had a discussion, via video conference today (Friday), with his New Zealand counterpart, Jacinda Ardern, to discuss the priorities of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC),…

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