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The APEC Summit celebrated its 25 anniversary
On November 5, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit kicked off in Beijing, which will last until November 11. The topic was voiced ambitiously - "Shaping the future through the Asia-Pacific partnership." It can be seen that the APEC countries are more and more disposed to create their own common economic space. Among the priority tasks that will be discussed at the summit are the development of regional economic integration, boosting infrastructure investment and complex connectivity, innovative development and growth, as well as supporting economic reforms.
On the day of the summit's start, the final meeting of APEC senior officials was held, at which final recommendations were adopted to the leaders of the economies of the association, which will be presented to them later. By the way, this very day 25 was created APEC years ago.
The schedule of the summit is as follows: 7-8 November the meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Trade will be held, 9-10 November the business summit of APEC will be held, and 10-11 November will be allocated for informal meetings of the leaders of APEC economies.
Bilateral meetings with the participation of President Vladimir Putin are expected on the sidelines of the summit. One of them - with the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, with whom Putin agreed to meet at the summit during a telephone conversation, the reason for which was the 60th anniversary of the Japanese prime minister. The meeting of the two leaders was supposed to take place even earlier - in the spring of this year, during Putin's visit to Japan, but due to the reunification of Crimea with Russia and the subsequent Ukrainian crisis, the dates of this visit were postponed.
On the day of the start of the week of the summit, rumors began circulating about a possible meeting on the margins of Presidents Putin and Obama. In this connection, the press secretary of the Russian leader, Dmitry Peskov, made a statement in which he did not rule out such a probability.