Senior officials from the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum gathered at a conference in Hà Nội yesterday to discuss priority topics and key activities for the 2017 APEC Summit to be hosted by Việt Nam. The priority topics of the 2017 APEC include creating new momentum for the future of the Asia-Pacific region; promoting sustainable and creative growth, the role of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSEMs) and their competitive capacity, creativity in the digital era; and enhancing food security and sustainable agriculture in keeping with climate change.
On Friday, Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin’s spokesman, affirmed that the Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to hold talks with the leaders of China, Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines and Peru on November 19 on the sidelines of the APEC summit due to open in Peru’s capital of Lima, which Putin will attend. Peskov went on saying that the administrations of the Russian and US presidents did not arrange a separate meeting of Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama. However, the two leaders will be able to talk with each other in Peru. The Kremlin spokesman declined to specify the possible topics of the conversation, adding that the two leaders may discuss about “the most pressing issues.”