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No word yet on meeting between chiefs of cross-strait affairs: MAC

Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) Taiwan and China have not yet discussed whether their respective chiefs of cross-Taiwan Strait affairs will be able to meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit next month in Beijing, according to a statement issued Wednesday by Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC). Earlier in the day, President Ma Ying-jeou named former Vice President Vincent Siew as his envoy to the summit, which is scheduled for Nov. 10-11. The MAC did not disclose whether its chief Wang Yu-chi would attend this year's summit as a member of Siew's entourage, saying only that the composition of Taiwan's delegation to the APEC conference will be announced as usual by the Foreign Ministry. Wang attended the APEC summit in Bali, Indonesia in 2013 as an adiviser to Ma's envoy Siew and had a brief encounter with Zhang Zhijun, chief of Beijing's Taiwan Affairs Office. The meeting was considered historical because the two addressed each other by their official titles, exchanged invitations to visit, and agreed to improve communication with each other. But there is doubt over whether they would meet at APEC this year as ties between Taipei and Beijing have been cool in recent months. The issues at hand are a trade-in-service pact that has been stalled in Taiwan's Legislature for months, and allegations that one of Taiwan's top negotiators with China, Chang Hsien-yao, had leaked classified information to Chinese officials earlier this year. Chang has since been relieved of his post and is being investigated. (By Ying Jun-jie and Maubo Chang)

Updated : 2021-05-07 20:26 GMT+08:00