Taiwan’s APEC envoy returns home

Taiwan’s representative to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit James Soong (宋楚瑜) returned from Lima, Peru Wednesday and said that he would report the following day on his performance during the meeting.

Replying to questions from reporters upon his arrival at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Soong only said with a smile “Thanks! Thank you all! I’m pleased to be back home!” and “I’ll report to you all tomorrow!”

Soong, who is chairman of the opposition People First Party, is expected to present in person a report on his attendance at the summit to President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).

In his capacity as Tsai’s envoy to the APEC summit, Soong departed on Nov. 15 at the head of Taiwan’s delegation for Lima via New York to attend the annual meeting that took place Nov. 19-20.

During his stay in the Peruvian capital, Soong had a private meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Nov. 17 to discuss APEC issues.

Soong also met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (李顯龍) over afternoon tea on Nov. 18.

In addition to participating in the summit activities on Nov. 19, Soong held a brief meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping (習近平) before they participated in dialogue between APEC economic leaders and the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).

At a news conference after the summit’s closing ceremony, Soong said he had interacted with every leader at the meeting without exception.

He said his performance could be seen as “scoring a home run.”

With regard to his conversation with Xi, Soong said that they discussed mainly cross-Taiwan Strait economic and trade exchanges.

Asked about a statement by China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) that Xi had merely “exchanged greetings” with him, Soong said he respected the TAO’s statement.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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