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Tillerson to meet Soong at APEC: State Department


US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet Taiwan’s envoy James Soong at this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. That was the word from Matt Matthews of the Department of State on Thursday.


President Tsai Ing-wen announced Thursday that Soong would reprise his role as her representative at the 2017 APEC summit, to be held in Vietnam’s coastal city of Da Nang in November.


Matthews, who serves as the US ambassador for APEC, said that it is likely that the US will follow procedures from previous years.


This is the first APEC summit since Donald Trump assumed office as president in January. US policy in the Asia-Pacific, where China is expanding its economic influence, is expected to be one of the main focuses.