Cancellation of APEC summit shrinks Taiwan’s global exposure: scholar

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/10/31
By: Flor Wang and Liao Yu-yang

Taipei, Oct. 31 (CNA) A decision by Chile, the host country of the 2019 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, to cancel the summit will reduce Taiwan's international exposure, a local scholar said Thursday.

APEC is one of the few world bodies in which Taiwan can participate as a formal member, Charles Chou (周子欽), associate director of the International Affairs Department of Taiwan Institute of Economic Research, noted.

In preparation for the 2019 APEC summit, Taiwan had developed several proposals on a post-2020 vision for dealing with issues related to women, he said, commenting on an announcement earlier in the day by Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on the cancellation of the summit in Santiago Nov. 16-17 due to mass protests in his country.

Pinera also said he was calling off plans to host the United Nations annual global climate conference that was scheduled for December in Santiago.    [FULL  STORY]

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