Taipei, March 12 (CNA) Taiwan on Monday welcomed the senior U.S. official for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) who arrived the country for a one-day visit as part of routine consultations following an APEC Senior Officials Meeting in Port Moresby.
It is the fifth time that Matthew J. Matthews, a deputy assistant secretary of state who serves concurrently as the senior official for APEC, is visiting Taiwan since he assumed the post on June 16, 2015, according to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) statement.
During his stay, Matthews is scheduled to meet with Taiwan authorities to exchange views on this year’s APEC priorities and other trade and economic matters of mutual concern, MOFA said.
Matthews was previously the foreign policy advisor to Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, from 2013-2015, and the deputy principal officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong from 2010 to 2013.
He has also served in Taiwan twice, as deputy chief of the Economic Office at the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) (1998-2001) and as the science and technology officer (1989-1992), according to an AIT press release.
(By Joseph Yeh)