07/15 19:51 Taiwan names new representatives to WTO, U.K.

Taipei, July 15 (CNA) Former National Science Council (NSC) Minister Cyrus Chu (朱敬一) has been named as the new head of Taiwan’s mission to the World Trade Organization (WTO), while former Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) has been appointed as Taiwan’s new representative to the United Kingdom, the Presidential Office said Friday.

In an announcement of new diplomatic appointments, the Presidential Office said Chu will replace Lai Shin-yuan (賴幸媛), who has resigned as Taiwan’s representative to the WTO.

Meanwhile, Lin, a career diplomat who stepped down as foreign minister on May 20 when President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took office, has been appointed as Taiwan’s representative to the U.K. to succeed Liu Chih-kung (劉志攻), who resigned in May.

As part of the reshuffle under the new Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government, Antonio Chiang (江春男), a prominent journalist and political commentator, has been named as Taiwan’s representative to Singapore.

His previous posts included deputy secretary-general of the National Security Council and publisher of the weekly Journalist magazine and the English-language newspaper the Taipei Times.

The Presidential Office also announced that Hsieh Chih-wei (謝志偉), former head of the Government Information Office, will serve as Taiwan’s new representative to Germany.

It will be his second diplomatic posting in Germany, after his service there in that same position from 2005-2007 under the previous DPP administration.

In another European posting, Kuo Shih-nan (郭時南), Taiwan’s former representative to Fuji and Singapore, has been appointed as his country’s top envoy to Greece, the Presidential Office said in its statement.

It said Taiwan’s representative to the Czech Republic Lu Hsiao-jung (陸小榮) has resigned but a replacement has not yet been selected.

(By Sophia Yeh and Elaine Hou)

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