Ex-VP Siew arrives in Bali for APEC summit
The China Post news staff and CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former Vice President Vincent Siew arrived Saturday at the Indonesian resort island of Bali to take part in the annual meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.
October 6, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Siew will attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting on behalf of President Ma Ying-jeou and is expected to meet China's Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the annual event.
The former vice president will also join Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in a panel session at the APEC CEO Summit.
The APEC leaders' week, which opened Oct. 1 in Bali, includes a ministerial meeting scheduled for Oct. 4-5, a CEO summit Oct. 5-7 and an economic leaders' meeting Oct. 7-8, as well as other events.
Because of China's objections, Taiwan's president has been barred from attending the annual APEC summit in person and has had to appoint a proxy each year.
Siew, who has participated in the APEC forum four times in the past, said he felt honored to be able to attend the meetings on behalf of Ma. His trip will be his second time attending the APEC meetings in Indonesia, after his participation in the APEC forum in Bogor in 1994.
Siew said he will send a message to APEC members of Taiwan's hopes of becoming more involved in the regional economy. He said he will also emphasize Taiwan's efforts toward such a goal, citing examples of trade pacts Taiwan has signed with China and New Zealand, along with its ongoing talks with the United States under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement.
It is hoped that communicating with regional leaders at APEC could help create favorable conditions for Taiwan to join multinational trade groups such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), Siew said.