Asia-Pacific leaders condemn war, renew calls for open trade

BANGKOK (AP) — Leaders from around the Asia-Pacific have condemned and called for an end to Russia’s war on Ukraine. They also pledged to steer the region’s economies toward sustainable growth as they wrapped up summit meetings Saturday in Bangkok. Host Thailand managed to bridge divisions among the 21 members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, which includes Russia, by saying that most members had condemned the war. The statement acknowledged differing views on the situation. In other developments, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris exchanged brief remarks with Chinese President Xi Jinping before the final APEC meeting began, calling for both sides to keep lines of communication open.