President Tsai Ing-wen (???) said Friday that Taiwan will use the upcoming annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum to show the world its determination to liberalize and facilitate trade.
Tsai was speaking during a meeting with opposition People First Party Chairman James Soong (???), who will serve as her envoy to the APEC summit on Nov. 19 and 20 in Lima, Peru.
APEC is the most important multilateral trade cooperation forum in the Asia-Pacific region and is aimed at promoting regional economic integration, growth and development, the president said.
By assigning Soong to attend the meeting on her behalf, Tsai said, she wants to show that the Taiwanese people, regardless of political affiliation, share a common aspiration to access the world and work with other countries.
The president said although she and Soong are from different parties and differ on some issues, they should stand united when it comes to international affairs.
She asked Soong to use the APEC meeting to expand Taiwan's exchanges with other countries and create new opportunities for Taiwan's economic development.
She also urged Soong to pay close attention to the development of regional economic integration and express the wish of the Taiwanese people to take part in the process.
Tsai stressed that 2016 is an important year for the economic integration in the Asia Pacific region.
While the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement was signed in New Zealand in February, negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership are going on, she said.
During next week's APEC meeting, a strategy report on promoting the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific will be presented for discussion, she said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel