Lin Chu-chia

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Lin Chu-chia
Steve Lin.jpg
Minister of National Development Council of the Republic of China
Assumed office
1 February 2016
Preceded by Woody Duh
Governor of Fujian Province
Assumed office
1 February 2016
Preceded by Woody Duh
Special Deputy Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council of the Republic of China
In office
16 August 2014[1] – 31 January 2016
Minister Wang Yu-chi
Andrew Hsia
Preceded by Chang Hsien-yao
Deputy Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council of the Republic of China
In office
16 October 2012[2] – 16 August 2014
Minister Wang Yu-chi
Succeeded by Shih Hui-fen
Personal details
Nationality  Republic of China
Alma mater Tatung University
National Chengchi University
University of California, Los Angeles

Lin Chu-chia or Steve Lin (Chinese: 林祖嘉; pinyin: Lín Zǔjiā) is a politician in the Republic of China. He currently serves as the Special Deputy Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) of the Executive Yuan since 16 August 2014.[3][4]

Early Life[edit]

Lin obtained a degree in the Department of Economics of the University of California, Los Angeles in the United States.

ROC Mainland Affairs Council Deputy Ministry[edit]

Cross-strait relations[edit]

Speaking at a seminar in Taipei about future of China in November 2012 after the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Lin said that the initiative for Beijing to make reform determine the stability and harmony for cross-strait relations. Difference on the two sides should be dealt with mutual tolerance and understanding. Taipei itself has the responsibility to share its 60-year experience of democratization and economic development with Beijing.[5]

He further added that the MAC would conduct a thorough review on its Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area and establish reciprocal representative office on each other's area to serve the needs of the people. The relations between the two sides is governed under ROC principle of 'one country, two areas' and also the mutual non-recognition of each other's sovereignty and mutual non-denial of each other's governing authority.[6]

Regarding the possibility of Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou meeting during the upcoming APEC China 2014, Lin said that the Mainland China government is free to interpret such meeting as their domestic affairs.[7]

Cross-strait service trade[edit]

In early July 2013 during a conference at the ROC Ministry of Foreign Affairs attended by foreign representatives and ambassadors, Lin said that the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement signed on 21 June 2013 in Shanghai was made in the interest of the interest of the Taiwanese people and that the MAC will continue the socialization with the Legislative Yuan, the public and Taiwanese doing business in Mainland China to promote the pact's advantages. Lin was accompanied by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Simon Ko, Straits Exchange Foundation Deputy Secretary-General Ma Shaw-chang and Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Cho Shih-chao.[8]

Speaking at National Chengchi University in end of March 2014 after the Sunflower Student Movement, Lin said that Taiwan has signed closer economic cooperation with New Zealand and Singapore, and plan to do more with India and Indonesia at the end of the year. Only by engaging closer economic cooperation with Mainland China, Taiwan can move forward towards Trans-Pacific Partnership.[9]

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