Taiwan's APEC envoy James Soong says he interacted with leaders of 20 APEC member countries on the sidelines of the summit, which wrapped up in Peru over the weekend. Soong was speaking on Sunday at a press conference in the capital city of Lima.
Soong is the chair of the opposition People First Party (PFP). He attended the summit on behalf of President Tsai Ing-wen. Taiwan's leader is barred from attending the event due to pressure from China.
Soong said he exchanged pleasantries with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping about cross-strait trade ties and small- and-medium enterprises.
Soong also spoke about his conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
I told President Putin that [because] Taiwan has great experience in agricultural development, we are willing to help work with [Russia] to develop the area along the Trans-Siberian Railway. He replied that he is willing to have the whole world, including Taiwan, help develop Siberia," said Soong.
Source: Radio Taiwan International