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Taiwan Quick Take: Hanoi urged to resist China

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General Liu Shih-fang (劉世芳) yesterday called on Vietnam to resist Chinese efforts to exclude Taiwan from next month's informal APEC leadership summit in Hanoi. Liu said that although the country understands that Hanoi is under a lot of pressure from China, she hoped Hanoi would "have the guts" to resist Chinese oppression. Liu said that she was not worried Hanoi would not extend an invitation to President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) because both sides are still negotiating the matter. The best-case scenario, Liu said, would be for Hanoi to send an official with a rank equivalent to ambassador to deliver the invitation and that Chen would be able to personally attend the summit. This year's leadership summit is scheduled for Nov. 18 and Nov. 19. A ministerial meeting will be held on Nov. 15 and Nov. 16, and a senior officials' meeting will be held on Nov. 12 and Nov. 13.

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