The Presidential Office yesterday said President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) would once again appoint former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Lien Chan (連戰) as his envoy to the annual APEC leaders’ summit to be held in Singapore later this month.
This year’s APEC meetings, which follow the theme of “Sustaining Growth, Connecting the Region,” will wrap up with the annual leaders’ summit on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15.
The annual event dates back to 1993, when it was established by then-US president Bill Clinton.
The meeting will cover “strategic, economic and trade-related topics,” APEC said on its Web site.
Afterward, a “declaration will be issued, outlining the shared views of Leaders’ on key topics and setting the strategic direction of APEC for the forthcoming year,” it said.
Taiwan joined the economic bloc in December 1991 under the name Chinese Taipei. It is one of a handful of international organizations where Taiwan is a member.