The China Post
Date: October 6, 2016
By: Yuan-Ming Chiao
TAIPEI, Taiwan — People First Party Chairman James Soong thanked President Tsai Ing-wen Thursday
for appointing him as the country’s APEC envoy, calling it a great responsibility and saying he intended to present Taiwan’s wish for world peace at the November summit.
Revealing that Tsai first approached him about the role on Aug. 4, Soong said during a press conference that he had initially feared the prospect and requested time to consider his decision.
He later told the president that he was willing to accept the challenge, he said, but warned her that it would require substantial preparation.
Discussing the possibility that he would be shunned by the Chinese delegation at the summit in Peru, Soong said his selection as representative was an indication of goodwill by the Tsai administration — one that he hoped Beijing would appreciate. [FULL STORY]