China's Xi to attend Asia-Pacific forum in Manila this month

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 08, 2015 9:19 PM

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend a forum of leaders from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) this month, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday, amid rising tensions in the region over territorial disputes.

The APEC meeting will take place in Manila from Nov. 17 to 19. APEC's members include the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and Canada, and together account for 57 percent of global production and 46.5 percent of world trade.

China and the United States have been embroiled in a row over the South China Sea, much of which is disputed between China and several U.S. allies.

A summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations last week, attended by both the United States and China, failed to produce a final statement because the delegations could not agree on whether to mention the South China Sea dispute.

(Reporting By Megha Rajagopalan; Editing by Richard Pullin)