For 10 days in November, the world’s diplomatic attention will be squarely on Southeast Asia, with the region set to host three major diplomatic gatherings. These include the Group of 20 (G-20) Summit, which will bring together leaders from the world’s 20 largest economies on November 15-16 in Bali, Indonesia, and the annual summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), which will be held on November 18-19 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Both of these will follow the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit and related meetings, which will be held in Phnom Penh on November 8-13 and include the East Asia Summit, a major international gathering.
As expected, the U.S. government this week confirmed President Joe Biden’s attendance at two of the three meetings. In a statement issued Friday, the White House said that after attending the COP27 climate change summit in Egypt, Biden will travel to Cambodia to attend the U.S.-ASEAN Summit of Southeast Asian leaders and the East Asia Summit. He will then fly on to Indonesia for the G-20 Summit.