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Retired TSMC chair says honored to represent Taiwan at APEC summit

2018/11/16 21:39:28

Morris Chang (張忠謀, front, right)

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Nov. 16 (CNA) Morris Chang (張忠謀), the retired chairman and founder of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), said on Saturday he was honored to be representing Taiwan at this year's Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders meeting in Papua New Guinea.

In a dinner banquet held at the Royal Papua Yacht Club in the capital Port Moresby after his arrival, Chang said representing Taiwan at the summit was a responsibility he will not take lightly, and that he will speak up in APEC meetings and interact with leaders of other countries on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, the Taiwan representative also thanked the dignitaries of four of the country's diplomatic allies in the Pacific for their warm attendance at the banquet.

They were Nauru President Baron Divavesi Waqa, Solomon Islands Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela, Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga, and Kiribati High Commission to the Republic of Fiji David Teaabo.

The dinner was hosted by Taiwan's Minister without Portfolio John Deng (鄧振中) and National Development Council Minister Chen Mei-ling (陳美伶), both of whom arrived earlier this week in the Pacific country to attend the APEC Ministers meeting.

This was the second time Chang has represented Taiwan at the APEC, the first being in 2006 under former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁).

Besides the Nov. 18 summit, Chang will also attend the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Dialogue with Leaders on Saturday, in which representatives from Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam will also take part.

(By Liao Yu-yang and Ko Lin)