Taiwan Former VP Lien sets out APEC meeting goals

Lien Chan, former Taiwan vice president, fields questions from members of the media Aug. 27 in Taipei City on his goals for the upcoming APEC Leaders’ Meeting.

Taiwan will continue its drive for greater participation in regional economic integration at the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting, according to former ROC Vice President Lien Chan Aug. 27.

“As an active and significant contributor to APEC, Taiwan will share its experiences with other members in adopting policies that promote a free economy and trade liberalization,” Lien said.

Serving for the fifth time as ROC President Ma Ying-jeou’s envoy at the event, which is being staged Sept. 8-9 in Vladivostok, Russia, Lien said he will exchange ideas with other leaders on the state of the global economy and regional development, as well as lead a panel discussion during the CEO Summit.

“Taiwan can shed light on many of the key issues set for discussion during the meeting, including promoting balanced, inclusive and innovative growth,” Lien said.

In particular, the former vice president said he will express Taiwan’s desire to resume talks with the U.S under the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement, and reiterate its strong interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership to other negotiating members of the nascent trade pact.

A meeting on the sidelines of the event has also been set up between Lien and mainland Chinese leader Hu Jintao.

“To date, Taipei and Beijing have signed 18 cross-strait agreements and the two sides will take this opportunity to fast-track negotiations on other pending issues,” Lien said, adding that he expects to hold similar talks with leaders from Japan, Singapore and New Zealand.

Themed “Integrate to Grow, Innovate to Prosper,” the agenda of the 20th APEC Leaders’ Meeting includes such issues as enhancing food safety, establishing reliable supply chains, fostering innovative growth, promoting regional economic integration, and trade and investment liberalization.

Meg Chang