Deputy head named at Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CHINA DAILY

Liu Jieyi, China’s for­mer per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions, has been ap­pointed deputy di­rec­tor of the Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil, ac­cord­ing to the of­fice’s web­site on Wed­nes­day.

He served as China’s am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions from Au­gust 2013 un­til last month, when he was re­called to Bei­jing for the new role.

Liu, 59, a na­tive of Bei­jing, started his ca­reer in 1981 in the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs. He worked in the min­istry’s in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions and con­fer­ences, arms con­trol, and North Amer­i­can and Ocea­nian af­fairs de­part­ments.

He also served as the deputy head of the In­ter­na­tional De­part­ment of Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China and the Red Cross So­ci­ety of China from May 2009 to Au­gust 2013.

His wife, Zhang Qiyue, is the con­sul gen­eral of China in New York.

Liu is known for his strong and firm at­ti­tude when rep­re­sent­ing China in the UN.

The ap­point­ment of Liu stirred heated dis­cus­sion in Tai­wan, gain­ing mas­sive cov­er­age in lo­cal me­dia in the last two days.

Taipei-based China Times news­pa­per called Liu “a vet­eran diplo­mat” and re­called his tough and strong re­sponse in the UN in Fe­bru­ary 2017.

“The Tai­wan is­sue is a do­mes­tic is­sue with com­pli­cated in­ter­na­tional in­di­ca­tors. It will bet­ter ori­en­tate the Tai­wan ques­tion to have peo­ple with back­grounds in in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and diplo­macy work­ing in the Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice,” said Zhu Songling, a pro­fes­sor at the In­sti­tute of Tai­wan Stud­ies of Bei­jing Union Uni­ver­sity.

The cur­rent head of the Tai­wan af­fairs of­fice, Zhang Zhi­jun, has been serv­ing in the post since 2013. Prior to that, he worked in the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and the In­ter­na­tional De­part­ment of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the CPC.

Liu Jieyi, deputy head of Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice

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