The Latest: Pence meets Taiwan’s delegation at APEC summit
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) – The Latest on the summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in Papua New Guinea (all times local):
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has met with the head of Taiwan’s delegation to an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting.
The U.S. doesn’t have diplomatic relations with Taiwan, which China regards as a renegade province, but is obliged by an act of Congress to help with the island’s military defense.
A U.S. official told the media pool traveling with Pence that the vice-president had a “pull-aside” meeting with Morris Chang, the octogenarian founder of a Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturing giant. The official didn’t give other details.
Taiwan is a member of the 21 nation APEC, which is having its annual leaders meeting in Papua New Guinea’s capital Port Moresby.