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President praises APEC rep's performance at summit

2018/11/18 16:58:36

Morris Chang (張忠謀, left) and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence / image taken from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC (Taiwan) Twitter (twitter.com/mofa_taiwan)

Taipei, Nov. 18 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Sunday expressed gratitude to Morris Chang (張忠謀), Taiwan's representative at this year's Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit, for his efforts in promoting Taiwan's relations with the United States.

In her Facebook post, Tsai mentioned Chang's meeting with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on the sidelines of the APEC forum on Saturday, in which they discussed ways to continue enhancing relations between the two countries.

Tsai thanked Chang for his hard work, adding that Chang will continue to conduct exchanges with leaders from other APEC member countries and seek to promote inclusive growth in the region to tackle the challenges posed by the digital economy.

"Taiwan would like to work together with its international partners," Tsai said in the Facebook post.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Saturday on its twitter page that the talks between Chang and Pence are expected to "strengthen regional connections in promoting inclusive growth & shaping the digital future."

Meanwhile, Bloomberg reported that Pence said the Taiwan envoy asked Washington to start free trade talks with Taipei.

"They were strong supporters of TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and they made a case for being considered for a free trade agreement. And I assured them we would carry back that ask," Pence said in the Bloomberg report.

During the 20-plus-minute meeting, Chang and Pence exchanged views on a wide range of issues, including ways to promote economic cooperation and a possible free trade agreement, according to National Security Council Deputy Secretary-General Tsai Ming-yen (蔡明彥).

Chang told Pence that the U.S. is an important partner for Taiwan and that Taipei will continue to strengthen bilateral relations and promote cooperation with the U.S., Tsai Ming-yen said.

Also, Chang expressed gratitude to Pence for his strong support for Taiwan's democracy and freedom, he said.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Evelyn Kao)
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