Academia Sinica President Lee Yuan-tseh (
Lee made the remarks at a news conference held after briefing President Chen Shui-bian (
Prior to his departure for the Chilean capital, Lee said he had repeatedly reminded local journalists that APEC is basically a multilateral economic cooperation forum, not an avenue for political wrangling or diplomatic maneuvering.
"However, since my arrival in Santiago, many Taiwanese reporters relentlessly questioned me about my interaction with Hu. Some reporters' attitudes were rude. In the end, I told them that in fact, I felt Hu's attitude toward me was friendlier than theirs," Lee recalled.
This was the third consecutive year that Lee has served as Chen's proxy at the annual APEC summit meeting.
Lee said he hopes that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait can talk after Taiwan's Dec. 11 legislative elections to mend their differences. Cross-strait peace and stability are not only critical to Taiwan and China but also important to the world as a whole, he added.
Moreover, Lee said he looks forward to seeing Chen attend the 2005 APEC summit in person.
"Chen's attendance is of great significance as it will symbolize progress in cross-strait relations," Lee said.
Because of Beijing's opposition, Taiwan's head of state cannot attend the annual APEC summit in person and has to name a proxy to attend on his behalf.