Taiwan, Chinese officials to ‘interact naturally’ at APEC meeting

Taiwan delegation members will interact naturally with Chinese delegates at the upcoming ministerial meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum to be held from Nov. 17-18 in Lima, Peru, Minister of Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung (李世光) said on Thursday.

Minister Lee, who will co-head the Taiwan delegation to the annual APEC meeting with Minister Chen Tain-jy (陳添枝) from the National Development Council, said that no meetings have been arranged with the Chinese delegation on the sideline of the APEC conference.

Responding to reporters questions as to whether Taiwan’s delegates will interact with their Chinese counterparts at the meeting, Lee observed that delegates from different countries often interact at international conferences and said they would do so “naturally” whether at the APEC meeting or other diplomatic occasions.

Nevertheless, the Taiwan delegation has arranged economic talks with delegations from several other nations during the stay in Lima, including some related to the new southbound policy initiated by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), Lee said, though he declined to reveal which countries.

Taiwan and China are members of the APEC forum which was established in 1989 and now has 21 Pacific Rim member economies. The forum seeks to promote free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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