Andrew Hsia

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Andrew Hsia
Hsia Li-yan

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Deputy Minister of National Defense of the Republic of China
Assumed office
22 October 2013
Minister Yen Ming
Preceded by Andrew Yang
ROC Representative to Indonesia
In office
December 2009[1] – 22 October 2013
Succeeded by Chang Liang-jen[2][3]
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China
In office
20 May 2008 – 16 September 2009
Minister Francisco Ou
Succeeded by Shen Lyu-hsun[4]
ROC Representative to India
In office
June 2007 – 2008
ROC Representative to United States
In office
2001 – June 2007
Succeeded by Kenneth Liao[5]
ROC Deputy Representative to Canada
In office
Personal details
Born 24 December 1950 (1950-12-24) (age 63)
Taipei, Taiwan
Nationality  Republic of China
Alma mater Fu-Jen Catholic University
National Chengchi University
University of Oxford
University College London
Queen Mary University of London

Andrew Hsia (Chinese: 夏立言; pinyin: Xià Lìyán) is a politician in the Republic of China (ROC). He is currently the Deputy Minister of National Defense since 22 October 2013.[6][7][8][9]

ROC Representative to United States[edit]

PRC as founding member of United Nations in 1945[edit]

In mid of August 2005, Hsia protested to the United Nations (UN) for naming the People's Republic of China (PRC) as one of the founding member of the UN that signed the United Nations Charter during an exhibition commemorating 60th anniversary of the UN, instead of the Republic of China (ROC). He stressed that in 1945, it was the ROC who were the China, since PRC was only founded in 1949.[10]

ROC Representative to India[edit]

Representative appointment[edit]

After being appointed ROC representative to India in June 2007, Hsia said that he hoped to work on securing India's support for Taiwan's membership in the World Health Organization of the United Nations. He also would focus on trade, tourism and technological exchanges between the two.[11]

ROC Foreign Affairs Deputy Ministry[edit]

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs resignation[edit]

Hsia resigned from his post in August 2009 after a cable was disclosed by a newspaper stating that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had instructed all of the ROC representative offices around the world to decline all forms of foreign aid in the aftermath of Typhoon Morakot.[6]

ROC Representative to Indonesia[edit]

2013 Jakarta International Defense Dialogue[edit]

Commenting on the barring of the Taiwanese delegation to attend the 3rd Jakarta International Defense Dialogue (JIDD) in Jakarta, Indonesia in March 2013, Hsia said that he was not pleased with the incident since this conference is about regional security and Taiwan is certainly one of the major player. The Taipei Economic and Trade Office in Jakarta demanded an explanation from the Government of Indonesia regarding the incident.

Indonesia, represented by the JIDD organizing committee chairperson, responded by saying that the Ministry of Defense of Indonesia had received a verbal complaint from the Chinese Embassy asking them to discourage the Taiwanese delegates from attending the conference.[12]

ROC National Defense Deputy Ministry[edit]

Deputy Minister of National Defense appointment[edit]

On 22 October 2013, Premier Jiang Yi-huah named Hsia to fill in the position of Deputy Minister of the National Defense, in which Hsia will be tasked to oversee arms procurement policies.

The position had been vacated for more than 2 months since 1 August 2013 when then-Deputy Minister of National Defense Andrew Yang was promoted to the Minister position after the resignation of then-Minister of National Defense Kao Hua-chu due to the death scandal of army corporal Hung Chung-chiu.

Jiang said that the decision to choose him for this position was made after consultation with President Ma Ying-jeou, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of National Defense.[6]

See also[edit]