THAI military and police are now fully ready to maintain tight security during the 29th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit being held in Bangkok during November 16-19, 2022 with Russian President Vladimir Putin being among the leaders confirming participation, Matichon newspaper said this afternoon (Oct. 11).
However Chinese President Xi Jinping has still to confirm that he will be doing so while US President Joe Biden has said he will be sending a representative.
Gen. Chalermphon Srisawasdi, Chief of Royal Thai Armed Forces, said after chairing a meeting on maintaining security during Apec attended by key military and police chiefs, that intelligence revealed no untoward incidents will occur during the summit but some of the leaders attending it might clash among themselves.
When asked about the movement of minority groups in neighbouring countries, Gen. Chalermphon said these groups merely intend to express their opinions and not cause any trouble. This is so because they know they would not be able to stay in Thailand if they rocked this summit.
However a number of groups intend to protest during the summit but there won’t be any chaos and violence with most only wanting their voices to be heard.
However special attention is being paid to violent groups in southern border provinces, he added.
Russian President Vladimir Putin with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Photo: Matichon
This report has been updated to state that the Apec summit runs from Wednesday Nov. 16 till Saturday Nov. 19 and does not end on Friday Nov. 18. We regret this error.