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APEC opens atop Russia-U.S.-China fault lines

As leaders gather, Thailand aims for pact to codify sustainability agenda

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, center, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, arrive for the APEC leaders meeting in Bangkok on Nov. 18.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand aims to redefine success as it hosts the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit that opened Friday, with members facing an uphill battle to reach consensus over the economic fallout from the war in Ukraine.

In a year marked by walkouts and not a single joint statement from preceding ministerial meetings, Thailand looks to make its mark by enshrining sustainability into APEC's trade and investment agenda.

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