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U.S. senior official for APEC to visit Taiwan to discuss trade issues

U.S. senior official for APEC to visit Taiwan to discuss trade issues

Taipei, Jan. 31 (CNA) Robert Wang (???), U.S. senior official for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), is set to visit Taiwan to discuss trade and economic issues of mutual concern with Taiwanese officials, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Saturday in a statement. During his visit from Saturday to Tuesday, Wang "will meet with Taiwan officials and business leaders to exchange views on this year's APEC agenda and other trade and economic matters of mutual concern," said the AIT, which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties. In a statement Saturday to welcome Wang's visit, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the U.S. official is scheduled to meet with former Vice President Vincent Siew (???), Foreign Minister David Lin (???) and Economics Minister John Deng (???). They will discuss the development of economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region and initiatives Taiwan and the United States plan to push for under the APEC, the ministry said. Siew attended the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting on behalf of President Ma Ying-jeou (???) last year. Over the past few years, Taiwan and the U.S. have cooperated on promoting the Asia-Pacific link in the supply chain, innovation and technology development, and education exchanges, as well as on expanding participation by women in business, the ministry said. This will be Wang's third visit to Taiwan since he assumed duties as U.S. senior official for APEC in August 2013. Wang is a career foreign service officer in the U.S. Department of State. He served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing from January 2011-August 2013, and was deputy director of the AIT from August 2006-September 2009. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-27 13:14 GMT+08:00