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Taiwan representative makes low-key return from APEC summit

2018/11/19 19:28:44

Morris Chang (張忠謀, front left)

Taipei, Nov. 19 (CNA) Taiwan's special envoy to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Morris Chang (張忠謀) was non- committal Monday when he returned to Taiwan after the summit concluded in Papua New Guinea a day earlier.

Chang, accompanied by his wife Chang Su-fen (張淑芬), was greeted by National Security Council Secretary-General David Lee (李大維) at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and left without making any comments.

Chang departed Friday for the leaders' meeting held Nov. 12-18, with the event held Nov. 18 in the capital, Port Moresby.

Speaking at a press conference Sunday in Port Moresby to mark the conclusion of his trip, Chang, founder of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), told reporters that he successfully completed his mission at the summit. He did not elaborate.

In a Facebook post that day, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) expressed gratitude to Chang for his efforts in promoting Taiwan's relations with the United States and other countries that attended the summit.

Despite being a full APEC member since 1991, Taiwan's presidents are traditionally prohibited from attending the leaders' summit due to China's opposition, and have to instead name a proxy to represent them.

According to Chang, he met and had "friendly and candid" interactions with over a dozen APEC leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平), United States Vice President Mike Pence, and the prime ministers of Japan and Singapore.

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (李顯龍) confirmed Monday that he had held talks with Chang and posted a series of photos on his Facebook page.

Also Monday, Pence posted a video on Twitter showing clips of his speeches and activities at APEC, including trilateral talks among him and the leaders of Japan and Australia, two major traditional allies of the U.S., and a meeting between himself and Chang.

(By Wu Jui-chi and William Yen)