By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President-elect Tsai Ing-wen on Friday announced the
choices for ministers of the Mainland Affairs Council, Foreign Affairs, and National Defense.
Both Tsai and Premier-designate Lin Chuan, who attended the news conference, will be sworn in on May 20 with the new government team.
Katherine Chang, a veteran diplomat and chairwoman of the Coordination Council for North American Affairs, will head the Mainland Affairs Council, the Cabinet body in charge of China policies. Tsai started her steep political ascent in the same position in the administration of President Chen Shui-bian. Chang represented Taiwan in several countries, including Great Britain, Australia and the Netherlands.
David Lee, a veteran of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of the Kuomintang administrations of the 1990s, will take over as foreign minister, Tsai said. His deputy would be Soochow University professor Wu Chih-chung, the French-educated son of former Vice Premier Wu Rong-I, reports said. [FULL STORY]