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Taiwan's APEC envoy to talk trade with China president

Taiwan's APEC envoy to talk trade with China president

Taipei, Aug. 27 (CNA) Taiwan's envoy to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum said Monday he will discuss trade issues with Chinese President Hu Jintao on the sidelines of the upcoming APEC leaders' summit in Russia. Lien Chan, who will represent President Ma Ying-jeou at the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting Sept. 8-9 in Vladivostok, said he has scheduled a meeting with Hu, during which both sides will exchange views on issues related to the Taiwan-China Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA). Citing follow-up negotiations of the ECFA signed in 2010, Lien said he hopes to raise issues such as trade in goods and services, as well as dispute resolution when meeting with Hu. "We hope to push further (on the matters),"he said at a news conference ahead of his departure in early September. Lien also noted that the APEC forum serves as an opportunity for Taiwan and China to review the previous development of bilateral trade relations and seek consensus on future work. Lien, an honorary chairman of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and former vice president, has been tapped for the fifth consecutive year to serve as Taiwan's envoy to the APEC meeting. Asked by a reporter on the issue of China seeming to further push for the "two sides, one country" framework, Lien said cross-Taiwan Strait exchanges are based on the core principle of the"1992 consensus." The "1992 consensus" is what the KMT describes as a tacit understanding between Taiwan and China that there is only "one China" but with different interpretations as to what that means. Both sides agree on the principle, Lien said, despite the existence of different interpretations. "We've always sought common ground amid differences and shelved disputes," he said, adding that is why both sides of the strait have been able to improve bilateral ties in recent years. Meanwhile, Lien said he has no plans to talk about issues related to the competing claims over the Tiaoyutai Islands with leaders from China and Japan during the APEC meeting. Tension has been growing in the East China Sea recently amid the territorial dispute over the Tiaoyutais among Taiwan, China and Japan.
Lying about 100 nautical miles off Taiwan's northeastern tip, the Tiaoyutais are known as the Diaoyutai Islands in China and the Senkaku Islands in Japan. "I am not empowered (to talk about the issue),"Lien said, noting that the APEC platform is an occasion to discuss economic issues. He added that from the perspectives of geology, history and international law, "the Tiaoyutais are our country's inherent territory." (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-06-14 05:01 GMT+08:00