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WEF in Singapore

Davos Singapore online prelude spotlights Asian clout, COVID doubts

Xi, Modi and other leaders to speak as worries linger over in-person summit

COVID-19 has forced the World Economic Forum to regroup in 2021, with online meetings this week and the first "Davos in Asia" planned for Singapore in May.   © Reuters

TOKYO/SINGAPORE -- The World Economic Forum will trade snowy Swiss scenery for teleconference screens this week, as government and business leaders gather online to prepare for an in-person "Davos in Asia" summit in Singapore in May.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are among the big names from Asia on an extensive list of "Davos Agenda" meetings starting Monday. The theme of the week is "rebuilding trust" and setting a course for recovery from COVID-19. Looming over the sessions, however, is the question of whether it will be safe and feasible to convene in Singapore just a few months from now, as infections continue to surge worldwide.

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