TAIPEI (CNA) – President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Thursday named People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) as her special envoy to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Vietnam next month.
At a press conference, Tsai said that Taiwan is willing to interact and cooperate with Beijing within the framework of APEC.
Meanwhile, Soong expressed thanks to Tsai for the trust she has placed in him by selecting him as her special envoy to the APEC meeting for the second year in a row.
He said that at this year’s APEC summit, he will share information about Taiwan’s successful economic and cultural development and its democratic values.
“We are small, but we are great,” he said.
Taiwan joined APEC under the name Chinese Taipei in 1991 and has been playing an active role in the annual meetings, seeking to enhance interactions with the other 20 member economies.
However, Taiwan’s president is not allowed to attend the meetings, due to objections by China.
In 2016, Soong served as Tsai’s envoy to APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Lima, Peru.
This year, he will travel to Da Nang, Vietnam, for the meeting on Nov. 10 and 11. •
By Yeh Su-ping and Isabel Wang