APEC host Thailand targets progress on trade amid geopolitical tensions

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By Poppy McPherson and Panu Wongcha-um BANGKOK (Reuters) – Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum wrap up talks on Saturday, as host Thailand seeks to focus the 21-member grouping on how to respond to economic challenges such as opening up trade and slamming the brakes on inflation. The summit is the third in the region attended by global leaders in the past week, and the talks have often been overshadowed by geopolitical tensions ranging from the war in Ukraine to flashpoints such as the Taiwan strait and the Korean peninsula. A Southeast Asian summit that included Chin…

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