Chinese Taipei envoy arrives in Lima for APEC leaders’ meeting

People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜), in his capacity as President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) representative, arrived in Lima on Wednesday to attend this year’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ meeting.

Soong was greeted by Peruvian Education Minister Jaime Saavedra Chanduvi upon arrival at Jorge Chavez International Airport from New York.

Soong was the first representative to arrive for the meeting which is scheduled for Nov. 19-20. APEC now has 21 member economies, including Taiwan which is a member under the official name Chinese Taipei.

Soong’s arrival was featured prominently in the web editions of the host country’s top two newspapers, La Republica and El Comercio, on Thursday.

He was later welcomed by Taiwanese business people and overseas Chinese representatives at the hotel where he will stay for the duration of the meeting.

Lee Hung-chun (李鴻鈞), a People First Party official accompanying Soong, said many countries have expressed interest in meeting with him during the APEC meeting.

Asked if the Chinese leader would also meet with Soong, Lee said, “Definitely,” but was unable to confirm when or where the meeting would take place.

Meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, have already been scheduled, Lee said.

Unlike previous APEC meetings where Taiwan has tried to promote its leading industries or projects, Lee said Soong will instead ask the international community “how can Taiwan help?”

Lee said quite a number of APEC members are interested in receiving assistance from Taiwan.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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