Vanessa Shih

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Vanessa Shih
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Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China
Assumed office
25 June 2012
Minister David Lin
Deputy Simon Ko, Joseph Shih
ROC Representative to Singapore
In office
2009 – May 2012
Preceded by Kuo Shih-nan[1]
Succeeded by Hsieh Fa-dah[2]
Minister of Government Information Office of the Executive Yuan
In office
20 May 2008 – 31 December 2008[3]
Preceded by Shieh Jhy-wey
Succeeded by Su Jun-pin[4]
ROC Deputy Representative to Australia
In office
Personal details
Born 27 July 1962 (1962-07-27) (age 52)
Taipei, Taiwan
Nationality  Republic of China
Political party Naval Jack of the Republic of China.svg Kuomintang
Alma mater National Chengchi University

Vanessa Shih (traditional Chinese: 史亞平; simplified Chinese: 史亚平; pinyin: Shǐ Yàpíng) is the vice foreign minister of the Republic of China (ROC).

Shih advocated for the United Nations to allow the Republic of China to have participation of some forms within the UN.[5]

Government Information Office Ministry[edit]

She was appointed as the head of the Government Information Office (GIO) after being summoned back by then Foreign Minister Timothy Yang in March 2012.[6] The GIO was subsequently closed as part of administrative operations streamlining.[7]

ROC Representative to Singapore[edit]

2011 National Day of the Republic of China[edit]

In October 2011, Shih angered Singapore's founding father Lee Kwan Yew and other high ranking officials in the Singaporean government after she sang the national anthem of ROC and hung the ROC flag in public, attended by international guests during the 100th anniversary of the National Day of the Republic of China at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore.[8] This also include of her action to make contact with member of Workers' Party of Singapore, the opposition party of Singapore.[9] Her improper conduct resulted in the temporary diplomatic shutdown between Singapore and ROC.[10]

ROC Foreign Affairs Vice Ministry[edit]

2013 Pope Inauguration[edit]

Shih, along with ROC President Ma Ying-jeou, First Lady Christine Chow Ma, National Security Council Secretary-General Jason Yuan and President of Fu Jen Catholic University Vincent Chiang visited the Vatican City on 19 March 2013 to attend the inauguration of the newly elected Pope Francis as the head of Catholic Church.[11][12]

Before the visit, Shih said that this Vatican City trip by ROC high-rank officials were made without any contact with the Chinese mainland government. ROC government was invited by Vatican City because both governments share the same value on religious freedom, social justice and humanitarianism.[13]

APEC China 2014[edit]

Shih and other Chinese Taipei delegates for APEC China 2014

In end of September 2014, commenting on the invitation given to President Ma Ying-jeou as The Honorable Mr. Ma Ying-jeou and Economic Leader of Chinese Taipei for the upcoming APEC China 2014 in Beijing on 10-11 November 2014, Shih said that the nation had not been downgraded such title because APEC economic leaders' meeting participants are taking parts in their capacity of their countries' economic leaders. She said that the invitation was received at Taipei Guest House by Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi and other council and ministry officials responsible for handling APEC-related affairs.[14]

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