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Ex-vice president ranks 2nd on Boao Forum business leaders list
Central News Agency
2013-04-04 01:07 PM
Shanghai, April 4 (CNA) Taiwan's former Vice President Vincent Siew has been ranked in second place on a business leaders list at the 2013 Boao Forum for Asia, after Bill Gates, the co-founder of the U.S.-based Microsoft Corp., the forum said Thursday. In his capacity as the honorary chairman of the Taipei-based Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation, Siew is scheduled to leave for Hainan in southern China on Friday to attend the economic forum, which will be held from April 6 to 8. Siew, who served as the vice president of the Republic of China between 2008 and 2012, is expected to become the first Taiwanese politician to meet with China's newly anointed leader Xi Jinping at the forum. A day earlier, sources close to Siew said the date and the place for the meeting between Siew and Xi were "currently being arranged." Siew will be attending the Boao Forum again after his presence at the event in April 2008, when he was the vice-president elect for Taiwan. At the 2008 forum, Siew had met with then Chinese President Hu Jintao and the meeting had set the stage for closer economic ties across the Taiwan Strait. The meeting between Xi and Siew is expected to further facilitate cross strait business exchanges, while the market is closely watching whether Xi, who will deliver the keynote speech at the forum, will announce any new policies on Taiwanese affairs. The forum said on its website that Frederick Chien, the former president of Taiwan's watchdog Control Yuan and currently the top advisor to the Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation, had been ranked third on the business leaders list, followed by Taipei-based Chinatrust Financial Holding Co.'s top advisor P.K. Chiang. A total of 13 country leaders and more than 1,500 government officials, business leaders and academic professionals from all over the world are expected to attend the 2013 Boao Forum. The 2013 event will be the biggest in the forum's history. The theme for this year's forum, which is one of the largest annual economic meetings in Asia, will be "Asia Seeking Development for All: Restructuring, Responsibility and Cooperation." Gates and his wife Melinda Gates, on behalf of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will meet with Zhang Laiwu, deputy head of China's Ministry of Science and Technology, on April 6 to discuss how to invest for the poor. (By Cheng Chung-sheng and Frances Huang)
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