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Taiwan President, Chen Shui-bian, not allowed to attend the APEC leaders’ meeting because of Chinese objections, sends head of ACER, instead

Posted by gasweek on 19 September, 2007

Taiwan was deeply unhappy that its President, Chen Shui-bian, has not been allowed to attend the APEC leaders’ meeting because of Chinese objections.

David Uren, Economics Correspondent said the man Mr Chen sent in his place, Stan Shih, the founder of computer giant ACER, believes he represents at this APEC meet­ing not only President Chen, but the 23 million people of Taiwan. “I would hope that President Chen should be allowed to come to APEC meetings,” Shih told The Australian, 8/9/2007, p. 10. The Taiwan Government planned a referendum among its people over the vexing issue of Taiwan rejoining the UN. Taiwan was not allowed in because of Chinese objections. “Taiwan is an inde­pendent sovereign state which has the right to join the UN.” Shih believes APEC, along with the World Trade Organisa­tion, is one of the two most important international organisa­tions to which Taiwan belongs.

The Australian, 8/9/2007, p. 10

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