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Taiwan's representative to depart for APEC meeting Nov. 16

2018/11/07 11:59:17

TSMC founder Morris Chang

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) Morris Chang (張忠謀), Taiwan's representative to this year's Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' meeting, will leave for Papua New Guinea on Nov. 16 to attend the summit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

This year's summit will be hosted by Papua New Guinea from Nov. 12 to 18, with the leaders' meeting scheduled for Nov. 18.

Chang, the retired founder of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), will attend the APEC welcome dinner after his scheduled arrival on Nov. 16, according to the ministry.

He will then attend the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Dialogue with Leaders in Port Moresby on Nov. 17, in which representatives from Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam will also take part.

Chang will also attend the annual APEC dinner banquet on Nov. 17, the closing ceremony on Nov. 18 and pay other informal visits before his scheduled return to Taiwan on Nov. 19.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) picked Chang as Taiwan's representative to the APEC forum last month, praising him as the best choice to represent Taiwan at the summit.

Despite being a full member of the 21-member inter-governmental forum since 1991, Taiwan's presidents are traditionally prohibited from attending the leaders' summit due to China's opposition and have to instead name a proxy in their places.

(By Liao Yu-yand and Evelyn Kao)