APEC forum not paving way for Ma-Xi meet
CNATAIPEI--Taiwan's top China policy coordinator said yesterday that his attendance at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum has nothing to do with paving the way for a meeting between the leaders of Taiwan and China.
September 25, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Wang Yu-chi, head of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), was responding to speculation that his inclusion in Taiwan's delegation to the forum headed by former Vice President Vincent Siew was a harbinger of cross Taiwan Strait political talks.
The Liberty Times cited opposition legislators as saying that Wang was going to the meeting to try and pave the way for the signing of a cross strait peace accord or even for a meeting between President Ma Ying jeou and Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
The announcement of Wang as a member of the delegation to attend the 2013 leaders' meeting in Indonesia on Oct. 7-8 drew attention because it was the first time an MAC head was to attend the APEC summit as part of Taiwan's delegation.
“My role is to serve as the adviser to Siew on cross-strait affairs. It will basically have nothing to do with a Ma-Xi meeting,” Wang said. “It will also have nothing to do with political negotiations.”
He noted that at past APEC summits, when leaders across the Taiwan Strait met, the head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TA0) under its State Council was always present, and “it is only natural” that he as the head of the MAC also attended.
Wang said it was not yet clear whether Siew and Xi will meet at the summit, though meetings between the heads of the Taiwanese and Chinese delegations at past APEC summits have been a common practice.