By: Tang Pei-chun, Emerson Lim and Lee Mei-yu
Manila, Nov. 17 (CNA) Former Vice President Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) said Tuesday that there will be no official meeting between him and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) during the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum summit in Manila because of his tight schedule, but he added that he will interact with Xi informally on any possible occasion.
In a press conference ahead of the summit, Siew denied the possibility of a “Siew-Xi” meeting, because both of them have very tight schedules at this year’s APEC leaders’ meeting.
He noted that President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) just met with the Chinese leader 10 days ago in Singapore, and the two leaders have already talked about all outstanding issues in that landmark meeting.
Although there won’t be an official meeting, Siew stressed that there will be many chances to meet with leaders of APEC economies at the summit, and said that he will interact in a “natural manner” with Xi if they meet up on other occasions. [FULL STORY]