Royal Oak Tribune

APEC leaders condemn war, renew calls for trade


BANGKOK » Leaders from around the Asia-Pacific called for an end to Russia’s war on Ukraine and pledged to steer the region’s economies toward sustainabl­e growth as they wrapped up summit meetings Saturday. Host Thailand garnered a diplomatic coup in managing to bridge divisions among the 21 members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperatio­n forum by saying that most members had condemned the war. Russia is an APEC member, as is China, which generally has refrained from criticizin­g Moscow. The declaratio­n issued by APEC leaders acknowledg­ed differing views on the war and said the forum, which is devoted largely to promoting trade and closer economic ties, was not a venue for resolving such conflicts.

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