VP Harris meets with China’s Xi in bid to ‘keep lines open’

Nov 18, 2022, 10:59 PM | Updated: Nov 19, 2022, 8:21 am
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hold a Cha...

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hold a Chalom, a bamboo basket symbolizing the "handing over of the baton", as the U.S. is the next summit host during the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

(Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris spoke briefly with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Saturday in another step toward keeping lines of communication open between the two biggest economies.

Harris and Xi exchanged remarks Saturday while heading into a closed-door meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum’s summit in Bangkok.

“I greeted President Xi before the APEC Leaders Retreat,” Harris wrote on Twitter. “I noted a key message that President Biden emphasized in his November 14 meeting with President Xi: we must maintain open lines of communication to responsibly manage the competition between our countries.”

Their exchange closely echoed Biden’s comment to Xi at an meeting between the two leaders earlier in the week about China and the U.S. keeping lines of communication open.

A brief statement from China’s Foreign Ministry also referenced the Biden-Xi meeting at the Group of 20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, which it described as “strategic and constructive” with “major significance in guiding the next stage of China-US relations.” It said it hoped the vice president will play an active role in working with China to promote the two nations’ relations “to return to a healthy and stable track.”

Relations between Washington and Beijing have suffered frictions over trade and technology, China’s claims to the separately governed island of Taiwan, the pandemic and China’s handling of Hong Kong, human rights and other issues.

Harris later took part in a handover ceremony in which Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha handed over chairmanship of APEC to the United States, which will host the group’s meetings next year.

She told the leaders present for the ceremony that the United States would continue to focus APEC on sustainable economic growth, building on the strong foundation Thailand set this year with new ambitious sustainability goals.

She also touted her home state, California, saying “there is no better place to host APEC 2023 than California, a state known for economic innovation.”

“Our host year will demonstrate the enduring economic commitment of the United States to the Indo-Pacific,” said Harris.

“As I have made clear throughout my time in Bangkok: under our administration, the United States is a strong partner for the economies and companies of the Indo-Pacific, and we are working to strengthen our economic relationships throughout the region, including by increasing two-way trade flows and the free flow of capital, which supports millions of American jobs.”

On Friday, Harris pitched the U.S. as a reliable economic partner, telling a business conference on APEC’s sidelines, “The United States is here to stay.”

Harris told leaders at the APEC summit that the U.S. is a “proud Pacific power” and has a “vital interest in promoting a region that is open, interconnected, prosperous, secure and resilient.”

After receiving news that North Korea had fired an intercontinental ballistic missile that landed near Japanese waters, Harris convened an emergency meeting of the leaders of Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Canada in which she slammed the missile test as a “brazen violation of multiple U.N. Security resolutions.”

“It destabilizes security in the region and unnecessarily raises tensions,” she said.

“We strongly condemn these actions and again call on North Korea to stop further unlawful, destabilizing acts,” Harris said. “On behalf of the United States I reaffirmed our ironclad commitment to our Indo-Pacific alliances.”

Her remarks at the broader APEC forum capped a week of high-level outreach from the U.S. to Asia as Washington seeks to counter growing Chinese influence in the region, with President Joe Biden pushing the message of American commitment to the region at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Cambodia and the G-20 meeting in Indonesia.

Many Asian countries began questioning the American commitment to Asia after former President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, which had been the centerpiece of former President Barack Obama’s “pivot” to Asia.

The Biden administration has been seeking to regain trust and take advantage of growing questions over strings attached to Chinese regional infrastructure investments that critics have dubbed Beijing’s “debt trap” diplomacy.

Biden and Harris have also highlighted Washington’s Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, launched earlier this year.

After the APEC meeting, Harris also met with with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Details of their talk were not immediately available, but had been expected to cover global and regional issues, such as the war in Ukraine and the crisis in Thailand’s neighbor Myanmar, where a military takeover last year triggered what amounts to a civil war and a humanitarian crisis.

In addition to economic issues, the two were expected to talk about the close and long-term security alliance between Thailand and the United States.

Earlier, Harris announced a spree of initiatives to extend bilateral cooperation on climate change and economic growth, as well as to tackle drug trafficking and cybercrime in the Southeast Asia region, both alarmingly on the rise.

Harris launched a series of partnerships with Thailand aimed at driving down emissions, advancing clean energy goals and promoting sustainable development, among other matters.

Biden and Harris have also highlighted Washington’s Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, launched earlier this year.

_____

Associated Press writer David Rising contributed to this report.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hold a Chalom, a bamboo basket symbolizing the "handing over of the baton", as the U.S. is the next summit host during the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offers the traditional Thai greetings gesture as addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, center right, and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha inspect the honor guard, during a meeting at the government house, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, meets with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hold a Chalom, a bamboo basket symbolizing the "handing over of the baton", as the U.S. is the next summit host during the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offers the traditional Thai greetings gesture as addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, center right, and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha inspect the honor guard, during a meeting at the government house, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, meets with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hold a Chalom, a bamboo basket symbolizing the "handing over of the baton", as the U.S. is the next summit host during the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offers the traditional Thai greetings gesture as addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, center right, and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha inspect the honor guard, during a meeting at the government house, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, meets with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hold a Chalom, a bamboo basket symbolizing the "handing over of the baton", as the U.S. is the next summit host during the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offers the traditional Thai greetings gesture as addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, center right, and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha inspect the honor guard, during a meeting at the government house, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, meets with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hold a Chalom, a bamboo basket symbolizing the "handing over of the baton", as the U.S. is the next summit host during the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offers the traditional Thai greetings gesture as addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, center right, and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha inspect the honor guard, during a meeting at the government house, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, meets with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hold a Chalom, a bamboo basket symbolizing the "handing over of the baton", as the U.S. is the next summit host during the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offers the traditional Thai greetings gesture as addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, center right, and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha inspect the honor guard, during a meeting at the government house, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, meets with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hold a Chalom, a bamboo basket symbolizing the "handing over of the baton", as the U.S. is the next summit host during the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offers the traditional Thai greetings gesture as addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, center right, and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha inspect the honor guard, during a meeting at the government house, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, meets with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hold a Chalom, a bamboo basket symbolizing the "handing over of the baton", as the U.S. is the next summit host during the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offers the traditional Thai greetings gesture as addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, center right, and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha inspect the honor guard, during a meeting at the government house, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, meets with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hold a Chalom, a bamboo basket symbolizing the "handing over of the baton", as the U.S. is the next summit host during the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offers the traditional Thai greetings gesture as addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, center right, and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha inspect the honor guard, during a meeting at the government house, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, meets with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hold a Chalom, a bamboo basket symbolizing the "handing over of the baton", as the U.S. is the next summit host during the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offers the traditional Thai greetings gesture as addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, center right, and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha inspect the honor guard, during a meeting at the government house, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, meets with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hold a Chalom, a bamboo basket symbolizing the "handing over of the baton", as the U.S. is the next summit host during the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offers the traditional Thai greetings gesture as addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, center right, and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha inspect the honor guard, during a meeting at the government house, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, meets with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hold a Chalom, a bamboo basket symbolizing the "handing over of the baton", as the U.S. is the next summit host during the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offers the traditional Thai greetings gesture as addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, center right, and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha inspect the honor guard, during a meeting at the government house, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, meets with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hold a Chalom, a bamboo basket symbolizing the "handing over of the baton", as the U.S. is the next summit host during the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offers the traditional Thai greetings gesture as addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, center right, and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha inspect the honor guard, during a meeting at the government house, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, meets with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hold a Chalom, a bamboo basket symbolizing the "handing over of the baton", as the U.S. is the next summit host during the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offers the traditional Thai greetings gesture as addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, center right, and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha inspect the honor guard, during a meeting at the government house, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, meets with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hold a Chalom, a bamboo basket symbolizing the "handing over of the baton", as the U.S. is the next summit host during the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offers the traditional Thai greetings gesture as addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, center right, and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha inspect the honor guard, during a meeting at the government house, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, meets with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hold a Chalom, a bamboo basket symbolizing the "handing over of the baton", as the U.S. is the next summit host during the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offers the traditional Thai greetings gesture as addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, center right, and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha inspect the honor guard, during a meeting at the government house, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, meets with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hold a Chalom, a bamboo basket symbolizing the "handing over of the baton", as the U.S. is the next summit host during the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offers the traditional Thai greetings gesture as addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, center right, and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha inspect the honor guard, during a meeting at the government house, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, meets with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hold a Chalom, a bamboo basket symbolizing the "handing over of the baton", as the U.S. is the next summit host during the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offers the traditional Thai greetings gesture as addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, center right, and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha inspect the honor guard, during a meeting at the government house, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, meets with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hold a Chalom, a bamboo basket symbolizing the "handing over of the baton", as the U.S. is the next summit host during the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offers the traditional Thai greetings gesture as addresses a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, center right, and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha inspect the honor guard, during a meeting at the government house, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, meets with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, at the Government House, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Athit Perawongmetha/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              China's President Xi Jinping arrives to attend the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Jack Taylor/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              China's President Xi Jinping arrives to attend the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Jack Taylor/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris arrives to attend the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Jack Taylor/Pool Photo via AP)
            U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris arrives for the Economic Leaders Meeting during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Jack Taylor/Pool Photo via AP) Chinese President Xi Jinping, center left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, center right,  arrive to attend the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times via AP, Pool) U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris arrives for the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

AP

FILE - People walk on the sand near the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Clemente, C...
Associated Press

US sweetens pot to study siting for spent nuke fuel storage

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. government has long struggled to find a permanent solution for storing or disposing of spent nuclear fuel from commercial nuclear power plants, and opposition to such a site is flaring up again as New Mexico lawmakers debate banning a facility without state consent. The state’s prospective ban cleared its […]
16 hours ago
FILE - Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the Administrator for the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services,...
Associated Press

California prison inmates to get some Medicaid care

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government will allow Medicaid dollars to treat some people in prisons, jails or juvenile detention centers for the first time ever, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Thursday. CMS will allow California inmates to access limited services, including substance use treatment and mental health diagnoses, 90 days before […]
16 hours ago
FILE - This Aug. 11, 2019, photo shows a Visa logo on a credit card in New Orleans. Visa Inc. repor...
Associated Press

Visa 1Q profits rise 6%, new CEO to take over Feb. 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Payment processing giant Visa Inc. said Thursday that its profits rose 6% in its latest quarter from a year earlier, helped by the continued rise of digital payments across the globe. The company also said its current CEO, Al Kelly, will step down on Wednesday. He will be replaced by his […]
16 hours ago
Associated Press

How major US stock indexes fared Thursday 1/26/2023

Stocks climbed Thursday to send Wall Street to its highest level in nearly eight weeks following reports suggesting the economy and corporate profits may be doing better than feared. The S&P 500 rose 1.1% Thursday after briefly dipping lower in late morning trading. More swings may still be ahead, as Wall Street digests a growing […]
16 hours ago
FILE - A Bed Bath & Beyond sign is shown in Mountain View, Calif., May 9, 2012. Bed Bath & Beyond s...
Associated Press

Bed Bath & Beyond says it’s in default on its loans

NEW YORK (AP) — Bed Bath & Beyond said Thursday that it’s in default on its loans and doesn’t have sufficient funds to repay what it owes. The home goods chain said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that the default would force it to consider alternatives including restructuring its debt in bankruptcy court. […]
16 hours ago
Associated Press

Tesla, Chevron rise; Wolfspeed, Southwest fall

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that traded heavily or had substantial price changes Thursday: Tesla Inc., up $15.84 to $160.27. The electric vehicle maker’s profits surged in the fourth-quarter, beating Wall Street forecasts. Chevron Corp., up $8.71 to $187.79. The energy company raised its dividend and announced a $75 billion stock buyback program. Lam Research […]
16 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

(Pexels Photo)...

Sports gambling can be fun for adults, but it’s a dangerous game for children

While adults may find that sports gambling is a way to enhance the experience with more than just fandom on the line, it can be a dangerous proposition if children get involved in the activity.
...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.
...
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
VP Harris meets with China’s Xi in bid to ‘keep lines open’