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Presidential Office's Response to Some Comments on the Summit of the APEC

Taipei, Oct. 24 (CNA) The Republic of China government did not misjudge the situation prior to its withdrawal from the summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Shanghai last weekend, the Presidential Office said Wednesday. The government had prepared for the best and the worst possible scenarios for the occasion after months of thorough study and assessment.

As host mainland China attempted to block Taiwan by intentionally failing to abide with protocol and obligations, the incident will be only an "isolated case," which sets no precedent for Taiwan's future participation in APEC meetings, the statement said.

The Presidential Office also lamented Taiwan's lack of a united front in the face of Beijing's attempts to downgrade the ROC government to the level of a local government. It said that the performance of the ROC delegation might not have been perfect at this year's APEC meetings but it should not be blamed for not making an all-out effort.

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