Abe supports Taiwan's bid to join regional economic integration

Taipei, Nov. 12 (CNA) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday expressed his support for Taiwan's efforts to join regional economic integration and participate in international activities, said sources close to James Soong, head of Taiwan's delegation to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam.During a 30-minute meeting between Abe and Soong in Da Nang, Vietnam, the two exchanged views on trade, economic and other issues and agreed both countries would like to further exchanges in trade and tourism, according to People First Party lawmaker Lee Hung-chun, who served as an advisor to the delegation.Soong told Abe of the importance of maintaining regional peace, said the sources.A press release issued by Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs earlier in the day pointed out that when Soong raised the issue of the latest developments in relations between Taiwan and China, Abe suggested that such matters be addressed peacefully through direct dialogue.Abe also said he was committed to helping to maintain regional peace and stability, the Japanese foreign ministry said.The 2017 APEC leaders' meeting was held Nov. 10-11 in Da Nang. Soong attended the event in his capacity as the special envoy of President Tsai Ing-wen, who was unable to attend in person due to China's opposition.