Ministry reveals reshuffle of envoys to various countries
Taiwan has named new representatives to France, Thailand, Poland, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands, amid a foreign affairs personnel reshuffle. As Michel Ching-long Lu ( ) , Taiwan’s representative to France, will soon retire, his post will be filled by Zhang Mingzhong ( ), the incumbent director- general of the ministry’s Department of European Affairs.
Zhang, a seasoned diplomat, has served as Taiwan’s ambassador to Burkina Faso and as deputy representative at the Taipei Representative Office in the European Union and Belgium. His other overseas posts in French-speaking countries include stints in France and Haiti.
Anna Kao ( ), spokeswoman for the ministry, will succeed Zhang as head of the Department of European Affairs. Kao has served as director- general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta and has worked at the ministry’s depart- ments of European and North American affairs. Meanwhile, Kelly Hsieh (
), director- general of the Department for North American Affairs, will succeed Henry Chen ( ) as Taiwan’s top envoy to Thailand, the ministry said. Chen has been named as Taiwan’s new representative to Poland.
Hsueh Mei- yu( ), Taiwan’s representative to the Czech Republic, will take over as head of the Department for North American Affairs. Her vacated post will be filled by Lu Xiao-rong ( ), whose most recent post was deputy scretarygeneral of the National Security Council.
Tom Chou ( ) , directorgeneral of the ministry’s Department of International Organizations, has been appointed as Taiwan’s new representative to the Netherlands, succeeding James Lee ( ) , who has been named as Taiwan’s deputy representative to the United States.