US, China, Russia join Asia summit amid regional disputes

  • In this image released by Brunei ASEAN Summit, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks in a virtual meeting of the ASEAN-Plus Three Summit on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Southeast Asian leaders began their annual summit without Myanmar on Tuesday amid a diplomatic standoff over the exclusion of the leader of the military-ruled nation from the group’s meetings. An empty box of Myanmar is seen at bottom second from right. (Brunei ASEAN Summit via AP)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — President Joe Biden and China’s Premier Li Keqiang joined an annual summit of 18 Asia-Pacific nations by video Wednesday, as some regional leaders voiced concern about the sharpening of competition between major powers over trade, Taiwan, democracy and Beijing’s increasingly assertive actions in disputed territories.