TAIPEI (CNA) – Taiwan’s delegation to the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) summit returned to Taipei from Da Nang, Vietnam on Sunday, one day after the conclusion of the high-profile regional meeting.
The delegation, led by special envoy James Soong (宋楚瑜), was greeted by Presidential Office Secretary-General Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) and Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee (李大維) at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
Asked about the trip to Da Nang, Soong did not say anything but “thank you all.” Soong said a press conference will be held later in the day, at which he will address what he had accomplished in the APEC economic leaders’ meeting from Friday to Saturday.
Soong, a veteran politician who chairs the opposition People First Party, was appointed by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) as her envoy to the summit because Taiwan’s president cannot attend the meeting due to China’s objections.
Earlier in the day, Soong met with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for talks in Da Nang.
During the 30-minute meeting, the Japanese leader said his country will work to deepen the cooperation and exchanges with Taiwan on the basis of informal but substantive relations, according to a press release from Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
By Chiu Chun-chin and Elizabeth Hsu