The 24th annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation organization (APEC) has kicked off in the city of Vladivostok in Russia's Far East.
Leading officials and executives from 21 Pacific Rim member nations are attending the weeklong summit, which will look at issues like trade liberalization, economic integration, and food security.
The summit is the culmination of Russia's yearlong presidency of the APEC forum.
Events on September 2 include a meeting of APEC senior officials and a youth summit.
Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax