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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Kong Quan's Response to the Question on Taiwan attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Meetings

Q: It is reported that Chen Shui-bian decided to send Speaker of Legislative Yuan on his behalf to attend the APEC Summit Meeting. What is your comment?


A: APEC has had clear stipulations on Taiwan's representation in its relevant memorandums of understanding. Taipei can only send ministers in charge of economic issues related to APEC to attend its meetings. It is on this basis that APEC has formed the routine on Taiwan's representation. Strict adherence to the stipulations and routine constitutes a political foundation for Taiwan's participation in APEC as well as a prerequisite and guarantee for the success of APEC meetings. We resolutely oppose any delegate from Taiwan in violation of the stipulation. Obviously Chen Shui-bian's trick on this issue reveals his ulterior political motive. The relevant parties should fully understand the seriousness of the issue and handle it properly. We hope that ROK can play its due role as the host of this year's meeting.



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