HIDING FROM CHINA?Reports that meeting secrecy was due to worries about Beijing prompted a delegation member to say that it would ‘not provoke an antagonist’
Date: Nov 20, 2016
By: Lin Liang-sheng and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, in LIMA, with staff writer
People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜), the nation’s representative to the APEC
leaders’ summit in Peru, met with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (李顯龍) on Friday, and was expected to later meet other ASEAN leaders.
The two held private talks on Friday afternoon in the capital, Lima, in the company of Soong’s daughter and Lee’s wife.
Lee was the second APEC representative Soong spoke with since he arrived on Wednesday after he met US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday to discuss APEC issues.
Following the meeting with Kerry, the pair issued a joint statement announcing plans to set up an “APEC women and the economy sub-fund.”
The fund is to support the key pillars of the APEC Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy — access to capital and markets; skills and capacity building; women’s leadership; and innovation and technology. [FULL STORY]