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President Tsai gives guidelines to APEC delegation

2017/10/12 21:20:07

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, left) and James Soong (宋楚瑜, right)

Taipei, Oct. 12 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Thursday laid out three main concepts that she would like the Taiwan delegation to focus on at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) summit in Vietnam next month.

At a press conference, Tsai said her special envoy to the summit, James Soong (宋楚瑜), should make clear Taiwan's commitment to the theme and mission of this year's APEC summit of "Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future."

Soong should also convey that Taiwan has the ability to contribute in the areas of talent development, food security, and sustainable development in a digital age, alongside other APEC member economies, Tsai said.

Second, Tsai said, she wants to create a connection between Taiwan's participation in APEC and her administration's New Southbound Policy.

The president said she hopes Taiwan's participation in APEC will help promote the goals of the New Southbound Policy, which her administration has been working on since she took office in 2016.

Third, the delegation should display teamwork among its members, who include government officials, academics and businesspeople, Tsai said.

The delegation must work as a team to address important APEC-related issues from all angles, Tsai said.

In response, Soong said he will ensure that Taiwan is represented as an equal at the APEC summit among the other 20 member economies.

Soong, who was named earlier in the day as Tsai's special envoy to the APEC summit, will lead the delegation to Da Nang, Vietnam, for the meeting Nov. 10-11.

(By Yeh Su-ping, Liu Kuan-ting, Wang Cheng-chung and Kuan-lin Liu)