By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The new administration of President Tsai Ing-wen has chosen Stanley Kao, the current envoy to Italy, to represent Taiwan in the United States, reports said Saturday.
Kao’s name had already been mentioned in the media, but his appointment was only finalized after Tsai and her government were sworn in Friday, reports said.
Outgoing representative to Washington Shen Lyu-shun had tendered his resignation last April 15, but President Ma Ying-jeou did not sign off on it, instead letting Tsai make the decision, reports said.
Shen’s departure forms part of a whole string of retirements and resignations, including Taiwan’s representatives to Japan, Great Britain, Singapore and Latvia, according to media reports.
Since Shen’s retirement had already been approved for June 5, Kao would be able to take up his new position relatively quickly, reports said. [FULL STORY]