The 2021 APEC meeting will be held in video format

Xinhua News Agency, Wellington, June 30 (Reporter Lu Huaiqian Guo Lei) New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced on June 30 that the 2021 APEC meeting will be held by video due to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic .

Peters said in a statement that New Zealand, the host of the 2021 APEC meeting, made the above decision because of the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic worldwide and the border restrictions imposed by many countries.

“The COVID-19 epidemic has seriously affected our diplomacy. Like many other international events, the 2021 APEC meeting will be conducted using a digital platform.” Peters said.

He said that although the meeting will not start until November 2021, if it is held normally, thousands of related personnel will begin to enter New Zealand by the end of this year, some of whom will come from areas with high outbreaks . In view of the current global epidemic environment, it is impractical to allow a large number of high-level passengers to enter New Zealand from the end of this year.

Peters said that for preparatory meetings and security considerations, it is necessary to immediately decide to use digital platforms to hold APEC meetings, and wait a few months to watch the virus spread before deciding how to organize the meeting. Realistic.

Source: 新华网

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