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Former VP to attend APEC summit as presidential envoy (update)

Former VP to attend APEC summit as presidential envoy (update)

Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou has named former Vice President Vincent Siew as his envoy to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum leaders' summit in Beijing, a Presidential Office spokeswoman said Wednesday. Ma had hoped to become Taiwan's first president to attend the APEC summit and hold a historic meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, but the announcement that Siew will attend the summit in November confirmed that those hopes have been dashed. In response to Siew's appointment, Fan Liqing, a spokeswoman for the Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) under China's State Council, said Beijing "welcomes Taiwan's move in accordance with established practices under the APEC memorandum of understanding." However, Fan declined to comment on whether Wang Yu-chi, head of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), and TAO Minister Zhang Zhijun will meet during the meeting set to take place Nov. 5-11. Siew has attended APEC conferences five times as either Taiwan's economics minister or a presidential envoy, Presidential Office spokewoman Ma Wei-kuo said, adding that he is well-versed in economic and diplomatic issues. The Presidential Office is confident that Siew can report precisely Taiwan's economic development to the global community and leverage the country's economic influence, she said. Siew's expertise in regional economic integration, which is among the major topics to be discussed during this year's APEC meeting, could help push Taiwan's bid to join trade blocs such as the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), she added. (By Kelven Huang, Maubo Chang and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-06-14 20:19 GMT+08:00