Tien Hung-mao

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Tien Hung-mao
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Chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation
Assumed office
12 September 2016
Preceded by Lin Join-sane
Chen Ter-shing (acting)
ROC Representative for United Kingdom
In office
Preceded by Tzen Wen-hua
Succeeded by Edgar Lin
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
20 May 2000 – 1 February 2002
Preceded by Chen Chien-jen
Succeeded by Eugene Chien
Personal details
Born 7 November 1938 (1938-11-07) (age 78)
Rokkō Village, Sobun District, Tainan Prefecture, Japanese Taiwan (modern-day Liujia District, Tainan, Taiwan)
Nationality Republic of China
Alma mater Tunghai University
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Tien Hung-mao (Chinese: 田弘茂; pinyin: Tián Hóngmào) is a Taiwanese politician. He was the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 20 May 2000 until 1 February 2002.[1]


Tien received a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1969, where he wrote his dissertation on political development in China from 1927 to 1937. Thereafter he was a university professor for more than twenty years, and naturalised as a U.S. citizen.[2][3] After he moved back to Taiwan, Lee Teng-hui had asked him twice in the 1990s to serve in the Executive Yuan Council, but each time he refused; reportedly, the requirement that he renounce U.S. citizenship was a major barrier.[2] He eventually accepted Chen Shui-bian's offer to become Minister of Foreign Affairs, and renounced his U.S. citizenship on 11 May, eight days before taking office. He later stated in an interview that he did not regret this step at all, because he "loved Taiwan".[3] After his term ended, he took up a new post as the head of Taipei Representative Office in the U.K..[4] He resigned the position in 2004,[5] and later led the Institute of National Policy Research. In 2016, Tsai Ing-wen named Tien the chair of the Straits Exchange Foundation.[6][7]

Selected works[edit]

  • Political development in China, 1927–1937. Doctoral dissertation. University of Wisconsin–Madison. 1969. OCLC 47888967. 
  • Government and politics in Kuomintang China, 1927–1937. Stanford University. 1972. OCLC 554256. 
  • Mainland China, Taiwan, and U.S. policy. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Oelgeschlager, Gunn & Hain. 1983. OCLC 8689445. 
  • The great transition: political and social change in the Republic of China. Stanford, California: Hoover Institution Press. 1989. OCLC 18715581. 


  1. ^ "Taiwan Review - The New Cabinet". taiwanreview.nat.gov.tw. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  2. ^ a b "雙重國籍擋住田弘茂的入閣之路——田弘茂向李登輝說了兩次「不」" [Dual citizenship blocked Tian Hung-mao's path to the Cabinet — Tian Hung Mao said "no" to Lee Teng-hui twice]. Business Weekly. 2003-12-16. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  3. ^ a b "雙重國籍? 田弘茂:就職8天前即放棄" [Dual citizenship? Tien Hung-mao: I gave it up 8 days before taking office]. Now News. 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  4. ^ Chu, Monique (5 Apr 2002). "Tien Hung-mao sworn in as Taiwan's envoy to UK". Taipei Times. p. 3. 
  5. ^ Chen, Melody (1 August 2004). "Visa fiasco has produced a culprit, or a scapegoat". Taipei Times. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  6. ^ Yeh, Sophia; Chang, S. C. (31 August 2016). "Tien Hung-mao to head Straits Exchange Foundation". Central News Agency. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Chung, Jake (1 Sep 2016). "Tien set to head Straits Exchange Foundation". Taipei Times. p. 1.