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Vincent Siew to head Taiwan delegation to APEC meeting

Vincent Siew to head Taiwan delegation to APEC meeting

Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) Former Vice President Vincent Siew (???) will represent President Ma Ying-jeou (???) at the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' meeting in Manila next month, the Presidential Office announced Wednesday. Siew, who was a senior economics and trade official, has attended six APEC annual meetings, either as a government minister or as an envoy of Taiwan's president, and has built good connections with most of the APEC leaders, the Presidential Office said. It said Siew has solid experience in explaining Taiwan's trade and economic development to other APEC delegates and has made a great contribution to promoting trade and economic cooperation with APEC members. One of the themes at this year's APEC meeting Nov. 18-19 in the Philippines will be "enhancing the regional economic integration agenda." The Taiwan delegation will seek opportunities to advance its agenda to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). As convener of the private sector association that promotes Taiwan's TPP and RECP agenda, Siew will speak with other APEC leaders about Taiwan's efforts to participate in multilateral trade groups and to create favorable conditions to join the second round of TPP negotiations, according to the Presidential Office. Taiwan's national leader is usually invited to the APEC leaders' meeting but is actually "barred" from attending in person because of Beijing's opposition, therefore, a special envoy is sent to stand in for the president. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-26 22:09 GMT+08:00