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Top U.S., Taiwan brass expected to meet again during APEC
Central News Agency
2014-08-28 10:49 AM
Washington, Aug. 27 (CNA) High-level officials from Taiwan and the United States will likely hold talks again during the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in November, with a senior U.S. official saying Wednesday he sees no reason for such a meeting not to be held. Robert S. Wang, U.S. senior official for APEC, made the comment after a briefing on the latest APEC senior officials meeting held in Beijing earlier this month. He was asked whether a meeting like the one that took place between former Vice President Vincent Siew and Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of APEC last year will be held this year. "We hope so, there's no reason we won't," he replied. "We haven't decided on the exact schedule." This next APEC economic leaders' summit will be held in Beijing Nov. 10-11. If the talks take place, it will mark the third meeting of its kind in as many years since former Vice President Lien Chan met with then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Vladivostok in 2012. Siew and Lien attended the APEC summits on behalf of President Ma Ying-jeou. Taiwan's president has been unable to take part in the annual APEC meetings because of China's obstruction. There has been no formal announcement on who will represent Ma at the APEC summit this year. On questions related to a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Wang said the arrangements for such talks are still being discussed, including the choice of a venue other than Beijing. (By Tony Liao and Jay Chen)
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