China's biggest Silk Road summit plans omit Thai leaders

A worker puts the finishing touch on a 'Golden Bridge of Silk Road' structure outside the National Convention Centre in Beijing, where the New Silk Road summit is to be held on May 14-15. (AP photo)

BEIJING - China will gather presidents and prime ministers for its biggest diplomatic event of the year in May, a summit on its New Silk Road plan, with most Asian leaders due to attend.

Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia all will send their leaders from the region to the summit, according to the announcement by Beijing on Tuesday. Prominent among the missing: Thailand.

It could not immediately be determined if Thailand had been invited. Invitations were issued in February. It was believed Tuesday night, but could not be confirmed, that Thailand was invited but Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha decided to bypass the event.

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