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President 'working hard' to send high level official to APEC summit

President Ma Ying-jeou said Monday that the government is "working hard" to send a higher level official to the upcoming annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum slated to open in Lima, Peru on Nov. 22.
In an interview with CNA on Friday, Ma said that the annual APEC informal leadership meeting is attended by the heads of government of all the member economies except for Taiwan, which faces restrictions due to various factors.
Noting that all out efforts are being made to address this issue, Ma said that the government will soon announce to the public its plans regarding Taiwan's envoy to the APEC meeting.
Due to pressure from China, Taiwan has had to send a special envoy to represent the president at the annual APEC gathering in past years.
Stan Shih, founder of the leading computer manufacturer Acer, attended last year's gathering in Sydney, Australia on behalf of President Chen Shui-bian, while Morris Chang, chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., took part in the 2006 meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam.
On Taiwan's efforts to participate in international organizations, President Ma said that a "practical" and "flexible" approach must be employed, noting that the previous administration's stance of insisting on the use of the name Taiwan to join the World Health Organization, for example, proved ineffective and even counter-productive.

Updated : 2021-06-15 22:06 GMT+08:00