Morris Chang 'an inspiring choice' for APEC summit: AIT Taipei head

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Morris Chang (張忠謀) / CNA file photo

Morris Chang (張忠謀) / CNA file photo

Taipei, Oct. 31 (CNA) The de facto United States ambassador to Taiwan on Wednesday praised the government's choice of Morris Chang (張忠謀), founder of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), as the nation's representative to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in Papua New Guinea next month.

At a news briefing, Brent Christensen, the new director of the American Institute in Taiwan's (AIT) Taipei office, described the selection of Chang as an "inspiring choice."

"He represents everything that is good about Taiwan, a really outstanding and very prominent figure in Taiwan society," he noted.

However, Christensen said he was not sure for the time being if Chang would meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who will represent the U.S. government at the summit.

"We anticipate that he (Chang) will, in fact, as is always the case, interact with other leaders at the summit. But at this point we don't have specific information about how that might happen," Christensen told reporters when asked to comment on the issue.

Meanwhile, the AIT Taipei head reiterated Washington's stance that it has always been supportive of Taiwan as a full member of APEC.

Calling Taiwan a valuable member and an important partner for the U.S. in APEC, Christensen said the U.S. values Taiwan's participation in this international organization and supports Taiwan's full participation.

The AIT head's comments came after Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) told CNA in an interview earlier this month that China has deployed a number of "little tricks" over the past few months designed to impact Taiwan's involvement in APEC, but to no effect.

During the interview, Wu said China has made several unsuccessful attempts to introduce its "one-China" principle, under which it sees Taiwan as part of its territory, into APEC's operating framework.

China has also tried to block many of the proposals made by Taiwan in APEC this year, he said, adding that such issues were resolved after Taiwan sought support from like-minded member countries.

However, these maneuvers by China will have no impact on Taiwan's overall participation and attendance at the upcoming APEC summit, Wu said.

Commenting last month on the issue, Matthew J. Matthews, deputy assistant secretary of state and senior U.S. official for APEC, told CNA that the U.S. has always been supportive of Taiwan's full APEC membership and will ensure that its status is not compromised.

(By Joseph Yeh)

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