James Soong has been nominated as Taiwan’s representative at the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. President Tsai Ing-wen made the announcement on Thursday at the presidential official building.
The APEC summit will be held on November 10 and 11 in Da Nang, a coastal city in Vietnam. Soong, chair of the minority People First Party, represented President Tsai Ing-wen at last year’s APEC summit in Peru.
Tsai said that she hopes Soong will continue to promote Taiwan and its unique capabilities, as well as the government’s New Southbound policy. The policy aims to foster closer ties with South and Southeast Asian nations, as well as New Zealand and Australia.
Taiwan is a full member of APEC and takes part under the name Chinese Taipei. Unlike other nations, however, Taiwan’s head of state is unable to attend summit meetings due to opposition from China.