July 28, 2021
General News

Biden, Xi Jinping join APEC talks on pandemic response

Pacific Rim leaders including US President Joe Biden and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping began virtual talks Friday to discuss urgent joint action against the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis.

The unprecedented online talks involving heads of state from the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group was called at short notice by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Ardern is scheduled to host the annual summit of APEC leaders in November but said the extraordinary circumstances created by Covid-19 meant some issues needed immediate attention.

“It’s a unique opportunity to get APEC leaders together to discuss how we get our region through the health crisis and accelerate economic recovery,” she said ahead of the meeting, which began at 11pm (1100 GMT).

Ardern said better cross-border cooperation was needed as the world battles fast-spreading virus…

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