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Former VP Lien arrives for APEC summit, to meet Hu

Former Vice President Lien Chan departed yesterday for Vladivostok, Russia to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Summit Meeting, which will take place Sept. 8-9, as a special envoy of President Ma Ying-jeou.

Lien will meet with mainlan Chinese President Hu Jintao at 10 a.m. today to discuss issues regarding trade in goods and services, as well as a dispute settlement under the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement, a landmark deal both sides signed in 2010.

The Lien-Hu meeting was originally scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, but was rescheduled to this morning at the request of Hu. Since this will be the last time for the two to meet at an international event, Hu said that he wants more time to talk to Lien; therefore, the meeting was rescheduled.

Lien is expected to raise issues such as reciprocal measures concerning both sides of the Taiwan Strait, which will benefit people and industries in Taiwan and mainland China. According to political commentators, Hu is likely to respond positively to the issues.

Soon after the meeting, Lien is slated to host a press conference at around 11 a.m. to reveal the outcome of his talks with Hu.

This afternoon, Lien will be interviewed by “Voice of Russia,” a local radio station in Russia, as well as the Financial Times. Afterward, Lien will tour the Vladivostok Station, the terminal station of the 9,288-kilometer Great Siberian Railway. He will also visit the C-56 Submarine Museum.

On Saturday, Lien will attend the APEC CEO Summit Meeting to discuss issues on emerging multinational companies, and participate in the first closed-door summit meeting of APEC leaders.

On Sunday, Lien will participate in the second closed-door leadership summit meeting, and have his photograph taken together with all the participating APEC leaders before attending a joint press conference to issue a common declaration.

Lien and his delegation members are scheduled to return to Taiwan next Monday at noon.

Earlier yesterday, Lien, an honorary chairman of the ruling Kuomintang, told reporters at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport that Taiwan has actively participated in the meeting for many years and has contributed greatly as an APEC member.

Lien said he will meet with economics leaders from around the world prior to the official meetings to exchange ideas on the global economic situation and economic development in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Former Vice President Lien Chan, right, and his wife Lien Fang-yu, step down hand in hand from an airplane after arriving at the Vladivostok Airport, yesterday evening. Lien will ...

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