Taiwan's APEC tasks achieved: envoy

Morris Chang says Taiwan delegation achieved tasks given by president

Morris Chang on Nov. 18

Morris Chang on Nov. 18 (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s envoy to the APEC Leaders Meeting, Morris Chang (張忠謀), said his delegation completed all the tasks assigned by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) during his press conference on Nov. 18, reported CNA.

Chang said it was not for him to evaluate his performance at the summit, but rather, that responsibility is held by the president.

Chang led Taiwan’s delegation to the APEC summit, which was held in Papua New Guinea from Nov. 12-18. Chang said before the event that he expected to primarily speak to world leaders about economic issues, and Taiwan’s top trade negotiator John Deng (鄧振中) said Taiwan will lobby for CPTPP membership throughout the summit.

During the summit, Chang met with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, among others. Chang also mingled with other world leaders including China’s Xi Jinping (習近平) throughout the event.

Chang told the press conference that he was given a number of tasks, and felt he achieved them all. He added that he did not want to make his brief public.

When asked if he would put his hat in the ring to represent Taiwan again, Chang said he would not think about it until the new year. Chang previously served as Taiwan’s envoy to APEC in 2006.

During the summit, Chang gave a short speech to world leaders about future economic opportunities and challenges. The founder of the world’s largest contract semiconductor manufacturing company TSMC (台積電), identified two issues that could lead to greater wealth inequality and increased unemployment.

During closed door meetings, Chang advocated Taiwan’s willingness to be part of solutions to improve supply chains, and to contribute to innovation.