Taiwanese vice-president-elect Vincent Siew Wan-chang said yesterday he expected to meet mainland President Hu Jintao this week but would not say whether they would hold political discussions. Speaking in Taipei, Mr Siew sidestepped concern he would erode the island's status when he met Mr Hu at the Boao Forum, in Hainan . Mr Siew is attending in a private capacity as chairman of the Cross-Strait Common Market Foundation, a think-tank he set up to forge closer ties with the mainland. When asked whether he would talk to Mr Hu directly on cross-strait rapprochement, he said: 'It is up to the arrangements of the forum organiser. Basically, we respect any arrangements they make. So far we have yet to hear anything from their side. 'But our delegation was able to meet the most senior mainland official present at forums in the past several years, and I expect we should be able to do so this time.' Mr Siew, who has attended the forum five times, met, shook hands with and talked to Mr Hu in 2004. He said it had always been his philosophy at international events to take every chance to promote cross-strait peace and development and the livelihood of Taiwanese people. On whether he would be treated as a vice-president of the Republic of China - Taiwan's official title - Mr Siew said: 'For those who are not familiar with me, they would use my former title, 'premier', but for those who know me, they simply call me Vincent or Smiling Siew. 'But this is not the point. The Boao Forum is for the region's countries to discuss major regional issues. This year, we will discuss global warming and the environment. 'I'm attending the forum in my capacity as the chairman of the Cross-Strait Common Market Foundation this time.' Meanwhile, Taiwan's president-elect, Ma Ying-jeou, indicated he had not agreed with the island's application to join the World Health Organisation under the name of 'Taiwan', according to the government-funded Central News Agency. In an interview with the agency, Mr Ma said he did not agree with outgoing President Chen Shui-bian, who had instructed the Foreign Ministry to make the application under the title of 'Taiwan'. The 61st World Health Assembly, the WHO's supreme decision-making body, is scheduled to convene on May 19 in Geneva, Switzerland, the day before Mr Ma and Mr Siew are inaugurated. 'The application is doomed to fail' [ with the title of 'Taiwan]', Mr Ma said. 'How can you [President Chen] force [the application] forward just days before you leave office? It is unfair to us.' When asked about the most appropriate name for membership, Mr Ma said, 'For the time being, no title is better than 'Chinese Taipei'.'