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Taiwan to handle invitation to APEC meeting in line with protocol
Central News Agency
2014-09-02 06:36 PM
Taipei, Sept. 2 (CNA) China has sent an envoy to Taiwan to deliver an invitation to this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leadership meeting, which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will handle according to protocol, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. Related details will not be disclosed, Anna Kao said. The APEC meeting will be held in Beijing in November. Kao was responding to a report in the Apple Daily that Gong Qingai, deputy head of the Taiwan Affairs Office under China's State Council, delivered the invitation to the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou Aug. 29. The report said the host country of the APEC meeting usually sends an envoy to deliver the invitations personally to the heads of state of the member countries in late August or early September. This year, however, the invitation in Taiwan's case was delivered to Ma through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Mainland Affairs Council, the nation's top China policy charter, and Ma did not meet personally with Gong. Taiwan's leader has been barred from attending the APEC leadership meeting in the past due to obstruction from China. The Ma administration has pushed for a unprecedented meeting between Ma and Chinese President Xi Jinping this year, but China's response has been lukewarm. (By Tang Pei-chun and Lilian Wu)
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