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China sends 'special envoy' inviting Taiwan to Apec summit in Beijing

Published on Sep 3, 2014 8:29 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan confirmed on Wednesday that a "special envoy" from China had delivered a letter inviting Taiwan to an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in Beijing, as hopes faded of a historic meeting between their leaders at the event.

The local media said the envoy was Mr Gong Qinggai, deputy director of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, who flew to Taipei to deliver the invitation.

The Foreign Ministry said special envoys had been sent in the past to Taiwan to deliver invitations to meetings of the Apec forum.

Ministry spokesman Anna Kao did not name the envoy. And Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou's office declined to say who from Taiwan would attend the summit.

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