Dressed in the silken finery of the Vietnamese “ao dai”, leaders pose for the traditional Apec photo in 2006 in Hanoi. Clockwise from top left: then US president George W. Bush, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, former Thai premier Surayud Chulanont, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and former Chinese president Hu Jintao. Photo: AP

Apec’s daft statement: How the ‘silly-shirts’ photo became a diplomatic mainstay

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Dressed in the silken finery of the Vietnamese “ao dai”, leaders pose for the traditional Apec photo in 2006 in Hanoi. Clockwise from top left: then US president George W. Bush, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, former Thai premier Surayud Chulanont, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and former Chinese president Hu Jintao. Photo: AP
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