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World leaders attended the 29th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Organization (APEC) Summit on Thursday, November 18, in Thailand.

Leaders from member countries have already arrived in Bangkok, for the summit, which is being held under the theme "Open, Connect, Balance."

During the two-day summit, they are expected to discuss the region's economic and climate challenges.

Thailand Prime Minister and APEC host Prayut Chan-o-cha said he wanted this week's meeting to discuss how leaders can help transition to sustainable economic growth and development, the Bangkok Post reported.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, French President Emmanuel Macron, US Vice President Kamala Harris, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr, and other leaders and representatives from 21 countries and territories in APEC are attending the summit.

It is the first in-person meeting of APEC leaders since 2018.

Speaking at the summit, Chinese President Xi urged the member countries to join hands to build an Asia-Pacific community with a shared future and take Asia-Pacific cooperation to a new height.

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