The foreign minister from Taiwan will not be able to take part in an APEC meeting that will center on North Korea's nuclear test because of interference from China, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said yesterday.
"It's been two years since APEC has held a foreign ministers' meeting," John Chen (
"But as usual, [the foreign minister] from Taiwan can't join in the meeting because of China's interference," he said.
Chen stressed, however, that Morris Chang (
"I can assure everyone that Chang's treatment will be fair and equal," John Chen said.
Chang is the chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.
This year's APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting will start in Hanoi on Sunday, while the APEC Economic Leaders' Summit is scheduled for Nov. 18 and 19.
In APEC's Business Advisory Council on Nov. 18, the 20 APEC economies will be divided into five groups to discuss a wide range of issues, said Johnny Chiang (江啟臣), acting director of the Division of International Affairs of the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research.
I-Mei Foods Co (
In council group two, Teco Group (