Taiwan envoy meets Singapore prime minister at APEC meet

Taiwan's representative to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit James Soong (???) met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (???) over afternoon tea Friday.

Lee posted a photo of himself, his wife Ho Ching (??), Soong and Soong's daughter Angela Soong (???), on his Facebook page after the tea.

According to Lee Hung-chun (???), an adviser on Taiwan's APEC delegation, the four had a good chat during the one-hour meeting.

Lee Hung-chun noted that during the time when Lee Kuan Yew, father of Lee Hsien Loong, served as Singapore prime minister (1959-1990), late Republic of China President Chiang Ching-kuo (???) met with Lee Hsien Loong on various occasions. As Soong was Chiang's secretary at the time, the two have therefore known each other for a long time.

The late Chiang, who passed away in 1988, had a close friendship with Lee Kuan Yew.

Soong met U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry earlier in the day, their second meeting in two days, at a breakfast celebrating the 5th anniversary of the APEC Women and the Economy declaration.

Soong and Kerry announced that the two sides intend to set up an "APEC Women and the Economy Sub-Fund."

The Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs of the U.S. State Department said on Twitter that Kerry, Soong and Peruvian Vice President Mercedes Araoz were seated at the same table.

Meanwhile, Angela Soong was reported to be going to mingle with the first ladies of the participating leaders on Saturday and Sunday.

Asked about the possibility of exchanges with Peng Liyuan (???), wife of Chinese leader Xi Jinping (???), and U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, who is also attending the meeting, she said that she will let "nature take its course."

Angela Soong visited an international children's village Friday, and presented children there with schoolbags and stationery.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel