The China Post
Date: November 21, 2016
By: Stephanie Chao
TAIPEI, Taiwan — R.O.C. envoy James Soong (宋楚瑜) had “natural and friendly interaction” with
Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit in Peru, a Taiwan delegation member said Sunday.
Soong and Xi discussed the cross-strait economy and trade issues during a brief exchange before the APEC Business Advisory Council Dialogue, said lawmaker Lee Hung-chun (李鴻鈞), an adviser in Taiwan’s APEC delegation.
After exchanging pleasantries, Soong said Taiwan hoped China would reaffirm its pledge to look out for Taiwan’s small and medium-sized enterprises, Lee said.
“It was all very natural,” Lee said. “Xi took the initiative to remark that James Soong appeared to be wearing the same tie he wore at their previous meeting two years ago. That’s how natural it was.”
Neither Soong nor government officials have confirmed that it was the same orange tie, Soong’s trademark accessory. [FULL STORY]