Taipei, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (???) confirmed Monday that he had held talks with Morris Chang (???), Taiwan's representative at the 2018 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit, on the event's sidelines.
Shortly after he returned to Singapore from the APEC summit in Papua New Guinea, Lee posted a series of photos on his Facebook page, including one showing him sitting with Chang and his wife.
"Had tea with Mr. Morris Chang and his wife Sophie. Chang is representing Chinese Taipei at APEC, and we found ourselves seated next to each other in many of the meetings (because S for Singapore comes just before T for Taipei)," Lee wrote in the post.
Neither the Singapore nor the Taiwan side disclosed details of their conversation.
Taiwan has held full membership of APEC since 1991, but its presidents are traditionally prohibited from attending the leaders' summit due to China's opposition and have to instead name a proxy in their places.
Due to its isolated status in the international community, the annual forum has become a rare occasion that allows Taiwan's representatives to have exchanges with foreign leaders.
Such meetings are usually not made public unless with the consent of the countries concerned.
In addition to the meeting with Lee, Chang also met with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence Saturday and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday.
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 United States, and a meeting between himself and Chang.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel