New Zealand to lead virtual APEC summit involving U.S, Asian leaders in 2021
1:50 p.m. Singapore time — New Zealand has canceled plans to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit scheduled for next year because of the coronavirus pandemic — and will instead lead a virtual forum, reported Reuters.
The APEC summit includes a series of meetings that culminate in a so-called leaders’ week at the end of the year. Next year’s leaders’ week was supposed to be held in Auckland in November 2021. APEC, which focuses on trade issues, has 21 members including the U.S., China, Japan and Mexico.