Paris: On Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron called for a rejection of “hegemony” and “conflict” and emphasized “stability” in the Asia-Pacific region.
“We don’t believe in hegemony and conflict, we believe in stability and we believe in innovation,” the French president said from Bangkok, where the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum leaders’ summit is being held. .”
He called on APEC countries to join a “growing consensus” against the war in Ukraine, stressing that the conflict is also their “problem”.
He said “France’s first priority is to contribute to peace in Ukraine and to try to reach a global dynamic to put pressure on Russia,” according to AFP.
He emphasized that he intends to “work closely with China, India, the entire region, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America to build a growing consensus that this war is also your problem.”
It is worth noting that the APEC summit on the impact of the war in Ukraine and the continuation of North Korea’s missile launches began in Bangkok on Friday.
It is the first physical meeting since 2018 of the leaders of the 21 member states, whose talks will continue until Saturday.
Their agenda is influenced by the economic impact of the conflict in Ukraine and questions of regional stability in light of North Korea’s missile launches, as well as recurring disputes in the South and East China Seas.
Yesterday, Thursday, November 17, 2022, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida expressed to Chinese President Xi Jinping his “serious concerns” about the situation in the East China Sea, where Tokyo regularly complains about Beijing’s activities around the Senkaku Islands.
For his part, the Chinese leader stressed that the Asia-Pacific region is “no man’s garden,” in written statements he made during an economic summit on the sidelines of the APEC summit, a veiled reference to the United States. Influence is growing in the region.
In Bangkok, where the diplomatic marathon that began with the G20 continues, Xi Jinping is taking the lead in the absence of his American counterpart, Joe Biden, who stayed in Washington to attend the wedding of his granddaughter, represented by Vice President Kamala Harris.
At the beginning of the dialogue, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha said about the climate, “We must cooperate to reduce the effects (of climate change) and protect our world. We cannot continue to live as we did before. .”
Earlier, an official said, Thai police fired rubber bullets to protest the hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit on Friday.
About 350 protesters gathered about 10 kilometers from the summit where leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum meet and clashed with police, a police official said.
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