President Donald Trump plans to represent the United States at the virtual Asia-Pacific summit, which is also planned to be attended by Chinese President XI Jinping, an anonymous source in the US government told.
The Asia-Pacific economic cooperation (APEC) summit, which is being hosted by Malaysia this year, will be held on Friday in a virtual format. Trump took part in this event only once – in 2017.
“The President will attend the APEC summit,” a government source said.
The White House declined to comment. In the past, there have been cases when Trump changed his mind about participating in such meetings.
The outgoing administration has faced criticism over its lack of participation in the virtual East Asia summit over the weekend, on which 15 countries signed a major regional trade agreement promoted by China.
Chinese President XI Jinping is scheduled to attend the APEC leaders ‘ summit on Friday and will also address a business conference starting on Thursday.
Last year’s APEC summit, which Trump was supposed to attend, did not occur because the Chilean authorities refused to host the event due to violent street protests.
At the 2018 APEC summit, which was held amid heightened tensions between the US and China, the country was represented by Vice President Mike Pence. Tensions subsequently escalated, reaching the highest level in several decades.