Joseph Wu

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Joseph Wu
吳釗燮
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
26 February 2018
Premier William Lai
Deputy Hou Ching-shan
Wu Chih-chung
Preceded by David Lee
Secretary-General to the President
In office
22 May 2017 – 26 February 2018
President Tsai Ing-wen
Deputy Liu Chien-sin
Yao Jen-to
Preceded by Liu Chien-sin (Acting)
Succeeded by Liu Chien-sin (Acting)
Secretary-General of National Security Council
In office
20 May 2016 – 22 May 2017
President Tsai Ing-wen
Deputy Chen Chun-lin
York Chen
Preceded by Kao Hua-chu
Succeeded by Yen Teh-fa
Secretary-General of the Democratic Progressive Party
In office
28 May 2014 – 24 May 2016
Leader Tsai Ing-wen
Preceded by Lin Hsi-yao
Succeeded by Hung Yao-fu
Taiwan Representative to the United States
In office
10 April 2007 – 26 July 2008
President Chen Shui-bian
Ma Ying-jeou
Preceded by David Lee
Succeeded by Jason Yuan
Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council
In office
20 May 2004 – 10 April 2007
Premier Yu Shyi-kun
Frank Hsieh
Su Tseng-chang
Preceded by Tsai Ing-wen
Succeeded by Chen Ming-tong
Personal details
Born (1954-10-31) 31 October 1954 (age 63)
Dacheng, Taiwan
Political party Democratic Progressive Party
Education National Chengchi University (BA)
University of Missouri, St. Louis (MA)
Ohio State University, Columbus (PhD)
Joseph Wu
Traditional Chinese 吳釗燮
Simplified Chinese 呉钊燮

Joseph Wu or Jaushieh Wu (Chinese: 吳釗燮; pinyin: Wú Zhāoxiè; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Ngô͘ Chiau-siat; born 31 October 1954) is the current Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China and was formerly Secretary-General to the President of the Republic of China and the Secretary-General of the National Security Council. From 2007 to 2008, he was chief representative of Taiwan to the United States as the head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington, D.C., having been appointed to that position by President Chen Shui-bian to succeed his predecessor, David Lee. On 26 February 2018, he took the Foreign Minister post, again succeeding 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]

On 11 April 2013, the ROC Cabinet approved a bill to establish a Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) branch office in Mainland China and an Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) office in Taiwan. Wu - who was once the ROC Minister of Mainland Affairs Council - said that for the ARATS office to be established in Taiwan, it would need to have three prerequisites: the office should never evolve to become like the PRC Liaison Office in Hong Kong; the office's mandate must be clearly defined; and the officers must adhere to international diplomatic regulations.[3]

References[edit]

  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 in the USA
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Jason Yuan