ARATS president cancels lunch with UMC chief, misses chance to meet Ko

By Amy Chyan ,The China Post

Chen Deming (���w��), president of China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS, �����|) missed the opportunity to meet Taipei Mayor-elect Ko Wen-je (�_����) yesterday after he canceled a lunch meeting with John Hsuan (�ũ���), honorary vice chairman of the United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC, �p�q) due to a previous engagement that ran longer than expected.

Chen attended the 2014 Cross-strait CEO Summit yesterday morning, where the founder of Alibaba Group (�����ڤڶ���) Jack Ma’s (����) speech ran 50 minutes past the summit’s scheduled noon dismissal. As Chen left the venue, he told media that he had already called Hsuan to apologize for missing their lunch meeting.

Chen was originally scheduled to visit Hsuan’s biotechnology company Meribank (�ű��F�ӭM�ͧޤ��q) before their lunch appointment, which Chen said will be rescheduled.

Did Not Plan Chen and Ko Meeting: Hsuan Hsuan said he did not plan for Chen and Ko to meet. His separate lunch invitations to Chen and Ko were meant to address different agendas and held in separate, private rooms in the same restaurant, although there may have been a chance for them to ��bump into each other.�� The work meeting was left flexible to see if Chen’s schedule would be able to accommodate it.

Hsuan said his lunch with Ko and fellow medical professionals was about the possible partnership between Taipei City Hospital, the medical industry and academia. When asked by media if Hsuan would try to arrange a meeting between Chen and Ko, Hsuan said that the issue does not concern him and that their working lunch did not touch upon cross-strait topics.