TALKS:James Soong is to share a forum with the Russian and Canadian leaders, and is expected to talk to ASEAN leaders about the ‘new southbound policy’
Date: Nov 10, 2016
By: Chung Li-hua, Lin Liang-sheng and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporters, with staff writer
People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) is to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) tomorrow at her office to hash out the details of his mission as her representative at next week’s APEC summit, a source close to the Presidential Office said.
In addition to being assigned to share a forum with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, Soong is expected to talk to Southeast Asian leaders to discuss Tsai’s “new southbound policy,” the source said.
Arrangements to secure bilateral talks with ASEAN leaders of interest to Tsai’s policy are still in negotiations, the source said.
The meeting — which is to be held in Lima, Peru — is themed “quality growth and human development,” with ministerial meetings to be held on Thursday and Friday next week, and leaders’ dialogues on Saturday and Sunday next week. [FULL STORY]