Taiwan ex-VP arrives in Manila for Apec

FORMER Taiwanese Vice President Vincent Siew arrived Monday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 to represent President Ma Ying-Jeou at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting on November 18-19.

Siew arrived around 1:50 p.m. via China Airlines with his wife Susan Chu.

Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras and Manila Economic and Cultural Office chair Amadeo Perez welcomed the former Vice President.

Siew, who served as the vice president of the Republic of China from 2008 to 2012, also represented the Chinese Taipei's Economic Leader at last year's Apec Summit held in Beijing, China.

Siew is scheduled to lead the forum in the economic leaders' assembly entitled "The Next New Frontier" along with Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos and Millennium Challenge Corp. CEO Dana Hyde.

Last Sunday, Chile President Michelle Bachellet, the first economic leader to arrive for the summit, arrived at NAIA. Bachellet was welcomed by Vice President Jejomar Binay and Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Soliman.

At least 19 heads of states are expected to arrive in Manila by Tuesday for the Apec Leaders' Summit. (Sunnex)
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