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APEC in the COVID age: What to watch at Malaysia's online summit

Muhyiddin aims to avoid repeat of US-China deadlock at 2018 forum

The APEC logo is displayed on a screen: The coronavirus has forced Malaysia to settle for hosting the event virtually.   © EPA/Jiji

KUALA LUMPUR -- World leaders are set to meet webcam to webcam this week, when Malaysia holds a virtual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit amid the coronavirus pandemic.

This was supposed to be a moment of glory for Mahathir Mohamad, who was eager to host the forum for the second time as Malaysia's prime minister, after presiding over APEC in 1998. The 95-year-old would have been the first leader to do it twice.

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