Trump a no show at APEC Dialogues

by ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN / pic by AFP

US President Donald Trump (picture) will not be making an appearance at the virtual APEC CEO Dialogues Malaysia 2020 this morning, the event’s organisers confirmed.

He was scheduled to deliver a keynote address titled “The Future of Trade” at the chief executives’ conference which began on Thursday, but a US senior official has confirmed verbally that the Republican president will participate in the virtual Leaders’ Meeting tonight.

Trump’s absence follows a defeat in the US presidential election on Nov 3 to Democratic candidate Joe Biden, who is now President-elect. He has refused to concede defeat and has yet to begin a transfer of government to Biden, who is due to take over on Jan 20.

The only APEC summit Trump attended was hosted by Vietnam in 2017.

APEC is held virtually this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with Malaysia playing host. China’s President Xi Jinping yesterday delivered his keynote address at the conference, pointing to increasing Chinese influence across Asia.

Last week, 15 countries signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which excludes the US. A dozen of APEC’s 21 members signed up to RCEP.


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