/ 17 November 2023

APEC leaders kick into gear

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

The streets of San Francisco are thick with world leaders right now… While US President Joe Biden was hosting leaders of APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) at a fancy dinner last night, China’s President Xi Jinping broke away to dine with top business leaders. And before that, Biden and Xi sat down for almost 4 hours to make “real progress” on a stack of issues, including reestablishing military communications. The pair also talked about Gaza, Taiwan and artificial intelligence – but generating just as much buzz was Biden calling Xi a “dictator” at his post-meeting presser. It was almost as uncomfortable as Biden reminding Xi it was his wife’s birthday next week… PM Anthony Albanese has joined the summit after a crazy schedule of international travel – he says that “at a time of global uncertainty, it is important that I’m here at APEC”. The main leaders’ talks will happen later today our time.

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