Visa issues resolved, APEC delegation spokesman off to Vietnam

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John Deng, the chief adviser and 
spokesman for Taiwan's delegation to APEC summit

John Deng, the chief adviser and spokesman for Taiwan's delegation to APEC summit

Taipei, Nov. 8 (CNA) John Deng (鄧振中), the chief adviser and spokesman for Taiwan's delegation at this week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) summit, has made his way to Vietnam for the conference a day later than scheduled after a visa snafu was resolved.

Deng, a minister without portfolio focused on trade negotiations, was unable to leave for Da Nang with Taiwan's delegation on Tuesday because he had not received a visa from Vietnamese authorities before the delegation's departure.

He later confirmed on Tuesday night that the visa had been received, and he took a morning flight to Vietnam on Wednesday.

Before his departure, he told CNA he expected to join the delegation at around 2 p.m. in the afternoon and hoped to get up to speed on the group's activities as quickly as possible.

He said the delay in processing his visa was simply related to administrative procedures, but local media have suggested that the visa snafu was another case of China, through Vietnam, giving Taiwan a hard time in the international arena.

Deng will serve as the chief adviser to James Soong (宋楚瑜), who was appointed by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) as her special envoy to the APEC Leaders' Summit being held Nov. 10-11 in Da Nang.

He said he will do his best as spokesman for Soong and the delegation and do everything he can to give other leaders in the economic bloc a better understanding of Taiwan's efforts to promote trade and political stability in the region.

Taiwan's delegation is determined to take advantage of the APEC summit to tell participants at the meeting about Taiwan's contributions to the international community, he added.

Taiwan joined APEC under the name Chinese Taipei in 1991 and has played an active role in the annual meetings, seeking to enhance interactions with the other 20 member economies.

Taiwan's president is not allowed to attend the meetings, however, due to objections by China.

(By Chiu Chun-chin and Frances Huang)

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