David Lee (politician)

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Lee.
David Lee Ta-wei
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
20 May 2016
Deputy Hou Ching-shan, Wu Chih-chung
Vice Lee Chen-jan
Preceded by David Lin
ROC Representative to Australia
In office
1 January 2015 – 2016
Preceded by Katharine Chang
Succeeded by William Lin (acting)
ROC Representative to Canada
In office
ROC Representative to United States
In office
25 July 2004 – 10 April 2007
Preceded by Chen Chien-jen
Succeeded by Joseph Wu
ROC Representative to Belgium
In office
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
Minister Jason Hu
Chen Chien-jen
Tien Hung-mao
Minister of the Government Information Office
In office
15 May 1997 – 5 February 1998
Preceded by Su Chi
Succeeded by Chen Chien-jen
Vice Minister of the Government Information Office
In office
Minister Su Chi
Personal details
Born (1949-10-15) 15 October 1949 (age 67)
Nationality  Republic of China
Political party Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang (suspended)
Alma mater National Taiwan University
University of Virginia
Occupation Diplomat

David Lee Ta-wei (Chinese: 李大維; pinyin: Lǐ Dàwéi) (born 15 October 1949) is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China since 20 May 2016.[1]


  • 1986 PhD in Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia, USA
  • 1980 M.A. in Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia
  • 1973 B.A. in Political Science, National Taiwan University, ROC (Taiwan)

Career timeline[edit]

  • 2007–2012 representative, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada
  • 2004–2007 representative, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States
  • 2001–2004 representative, Taipei Representative Office in Belgium, also responsible for the European Union and Luxembourg
  • 1998–2001 deputy minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC (Taiwan)
  • 2000–2001 adjunct professor, National Taiwan University
  • 1997–1998 director-general, Government Information Office, Executive Yuan, and Government Spokesman (Cabinet rank), ROC
  • 1996 director-general, Department of North American Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC
  • 1993–1996 associate in Research, Fairbank Centre for East Asian Research, Harvard University
  • 1993–1996 director-general, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston
  • 1990–1993 deputy director-general, Department of International Information Service, Government Information Office, Executive Yuan
  • 1988–1993 adjunct associate professor, National Taiwan Normal University
  • 1988–1989 principal assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 1982–1988 staff consultant, Coordination Council for North American Affairs, Office in Washington, D.C.
  • 1976–1977 managing editor, Asia and the World Forum, Taipei, Taiwan

Ministry of Foreign Affairs[edit]

Taiwan membership at the United Nations[edit]

Speaking in August 2016, Lee said that Taiwan will continue to pursue meaningful participation in the United Nations (UN) agencies. However, he will not promote Taiwan to apply for UN membership.[2]


  • The Making of the Taiwan Relations Act: Twenty Years in Retropect. Oxford University Press, 2000
  • Taiwan in a Transformed World. (co-edited with Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr.) Brassey's Inc., 1995
  • The Legislative Process of the Taiwan Relations Act. Taipei, Feng Yuen Publication, 1988