Soong says he will interact naturally with Xi at APEC

Opposition People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜), who will represent Taiwan at next week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ meeting in Peru, said Friday that he will interact naturally with China’s leader at the event.

Soong stressed, however, that he has not been authorized by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to discuss any major cross-Taiwan Strait political issues with the Chinese side.

He was responding to questions at a news conference on whether Tsai has authorized him to discuss cross-strait issues with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) and whether he will meet with anybody from the team of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump during his transit stop in New York.

Soong said there was no need to arrange any such meetings in New York because he does not hold any public office and cannot speak on behalf of the government on any major policies.

As to the APEC summit, Soong said his mission is to exchange views on economic issues with the leaders of other countries, but he said he was not authorized to discuss cross-strait political issues.

Asked whether he will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Soong said he believed such an encounter will happen.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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