11 December 2018

Key APEC meeting switched from HK to Beijing, SCMP says

Beijing has replaced Hong Kong as the venue for a meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) finance ministers and central bankers later this year, the South China Morning Post reported Wednesday. The central government’s surprise move fueled speculation that it was meant to avoid any embarrassment from protest actions a radical political group is planning to stage in the city’s Central financial district in the summer, the report said. But organizers said they decided to change the venue after US President Barack Obama asked for the leaders’ meeting to be pushed back from October to November, according to the newspaper.

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