Joseph Wu

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Joseph Wu
Wu Chao-hsieh
19th Secretary-General of National Security Council of the Republic of China
Assumed office
20 May 2016
Deputy Chen Chun-lin (陳俊麟), York Chen (陳文政)
Preceded by Kao Hua-chu
Secretary-General of the Democratic Progressive Party
Assumed office
28 May 2014
Preceded by Lin Hsi-yao
5th ROC Representative for United States
In office
10 April 2007 – 26 July 2008
Preceded by David Lee
Succeeded by Jason Yuan
Minister of Mainland Affairs Council of the Republic of China
In office
20 May 2004 – 10 April 2007
Preceded by Tsai Ing-wen
Succeeded by Chen Ming-tong
Personal details
Born (1954-10-31) 31 October 1954 (age 62)
Dacheng, Changhua County, Taiwan
Nationality Taiwan
Political party Democratic Progressive Party
Alma mater National Chengchi University
University of Missouri
Ohio State University
Occupation Politician
Profession Political scientist
Joseph Wu
Traditional Chinese 吳釗燮
Simplified Chinese 呉钊燮

Joseph Wu or Wu Chao-hsieh (Chinese: 吳釗燮; pinyin: Wú Zhāoxiè; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Ngô͘ Chiau-siat; born 31 October 1954) is the current Secretary-General of the National Security Council of the Republic of China and was formerly the chief representative of Taiwan to the United States as the head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington, D.C.. He was appointed to that position in mid-April 2007 by President Chen Shui-bian to succeed his predecessor, David Lee.

Educational background[edit]

Prior to entering politics, he was an academic political scientist, finishing his PhD in political science in 1989 at Ohio State University. He wrote papers critical of the PRC while in the United States. He served as a teacher and research assistant in the political science department of Ohio State University in the United States, and as deputy director of the Institute of International Relations of National Chengchi University in Taiwan.[1]

Rise in politics[edit]

Formerly the Deputy Secretary General of the Presidential Office for President Chen Shui-bian, Wu was appointed the chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council, the body charged with coordinating relations with Mainland China (the People's Republic of China), by Chen in May 2004.

His appointment as Chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council proved somewhat controversial due to his reputation as a supporter of Taiwan independence, especially in light of the simultaneous appointment as foreign minister of former independence activist Mark Chen. Wu was the only non-Kuomintang representative of the ROC to the United States.

His tenure as head of TECRO lasted one year and three months.[2]

Cross-strait relations[edit]

With the approved bill by the ROC Cabinet on 11 April 2013 to established Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) branch office in Mainland China and Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) office in Taiwan, Wu, who were once the ROC Minister of Mainland Affairs Council said that for ARATS office to be established in Taiwan, it needs to have three prerequisite, which are that office should never evolved to become the one like PRC Liaison Office in Hong Kong, office's mandate must be clearly defined and the officers must adhere to the international diplomatic regulations.[3]


  1. ^ Hsu, Jenny W. (22 June 2008). "Chuang vows to hold hunger strike". Taipei Times. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Jason Yuan places better US ties at top of priorities Taipei Times Jul 2, 2008, Page 3
  3. ^ "Ma ignoring Chinese hostility: TSU chairman". Taipei Times. 2014-05-19. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 

Government offices
Preceded by
David Lee
Head of TECRO
Succeeded by
Jason Yuan