TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA, 外交部) confirmed on Thursday receiving a notice from the Chilean government over the cancelation of the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC).
Chile has also pulled out of hosting a UN climate change conference as anti-government protests continue. The COP25 climate summit was scheduled for Dec. 2 to 13, while the APEC trade forum was slated on Nov. 16-17.
MOFA spokesperson Joanne Ou (歐江安) expressed regrets over the cancellation, saying that Chile President Sebastián Piñera officially announced the decision on Wednesday evening as his government needed “to prioritize re-establishing public order.”
Ou said the government expressed hopes that Chilean authorities can stabilize the situation soon, adding that the MOFA will keep in touch with APEC and Chilean officials for any updates on the matter and respond accordingly.
By Carol Kan