Taipei, Morris Chang (???) sees his mission in representing Taiwan at this year's Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) as addressing how small economies can deal with the challenges of emerging economic nationalism.
Chang, the retired founder of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), voiced the goal at a press conference after being introduced by President Tsai Ing-wen (???) as her special envoy to the APEC leaders' summit scheduled for Nov. 18 in Papua New Guinea.
Taiwan is an integral part of the global innovation supply chain and has a major role to play in shaping the future of the global digital economy, said Chang, who built TSMC into the world's biggest contract semiconductor maker in the world.
But some countries are now embracing economic nationalism by insisting that products be made within their borders and putting their own national interests first, posing growing challenges to small economies, including Taiwan, the former TSMC chairman said.
Chang said he will take advantage of the 21-member inter-governmental forum to exchange views with world leaders on how to address those challenges.
Tsai said there were several reasons why she appointed Chang as Taiwan's representative to this year's APEC summit, which is themed "Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future."
Chang is held in high esteem in the international business community and has made outstanding contributions to the development of the technology sector and digital economy in Taiwan, making him the best candidate to engage in dialogue on economic issues with world leaders, Tsai said.
Chang is also highly respected throughout Taiwan and is representative of all sectors of Taiwanese society, the president said.
Tsai said she hoped the delegation led by Chang would fulfill two missions -- to get a good feel for the global economy to explore frontiers of cooperation and to present to the world Taiwan's strengths and visions in driving the digital economy.
Tsai appointed People First Party Chairman James Soong (???) to represent Taiwan during the previous two APEC leaders' summits held since she took office in May 2016.
In an interview with ERA TV in September, however, Soong said he told the Presidential Office in March and in May that he was not interested in serving as APEC representative again.
At Wednesday's press conference, Tsai thanked Soong and members of his delegations for their efforts, which she said have ensured Taiwan's active engagement and participation in regional economic cooperation.
Taiwan has been a full member of APEC since 1991, two years before its first leaders' summit was held in 1993, but Taiwan's presidents are traditionally prohibited from attending the leaders' summit due to China's opposition and have to name a proxy in their places.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel