Joseph Wu

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Joseph Wu
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
26 February 2018
DeputyHou Ching-shan
Wu Chih-chung
Kelly Hsieh
Hsu Szu-chien
ViceJosé María Liu
Miguel Tsao
Preceded byDavid Lee
Secretary-General to the President
In office
22 May 2017 – 26 February 2018
PresidentTsai Ing-wen
DeputyLiu Chien-sin
Yao Jen-to
Preceded byLiu Chien-sin (Acting)
Succeeded byLiu Chien-sin (Acting)
Chen Chu
Secretary-General of National Security Council
In office
20 May 2016 – 22 May 2017
PresidentTsai Ing-wen
DeputyChen Chun-lin
York Chen
Preceded byKao Hua-chu
Succeeded byYen Teh-fa
Secretary-General of the Democratic Progressive Party
In office
28 May 2014 – 24 May 2016
LeaderTsai Ing-wen
Preceded byLin Hsi-yao
Succeeded byHung Yao-fu
Taiwan Representative to the United States
In office
10 April 2007 – 26 July 2008
PresidentChen Shui-bian
Ma Ying-jeou
Preceded byDavid Lee
Succeeded byJason Yuan
Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council
In office
20 May 2004 – 10 April 2007
PremierYu Shyi-kun
Frank Hsieh
Su Tseng-chang
Preceded byTsai Ing-wen
Succeeded byChen Ming-tong
Personal details
Born (1954-10-31) 31 October 1954 (age 65)
Dacheng, Changhua County, Taiwan
NationalityRepublic of China
Political partyDemocratic Progressive Party (since 2002)
Other political
EducationNational Chengchi University (BA)
University of Missouri, St. Louis (MA)
Ohio State University, Columbus (PhD)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese吳釗燮
Simplified Chinese呉钊燮

Jaushieh Joseph Wu[1] (Chinese: 吳釗燮; pinyin: Wú Zhāoxiè; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Ngô͘ Chiau-siat; born 31 October 1954) is a Taiwanese politician currently serving as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China under current President Tsai Ing-wen since 26 February 2018. He was formerly the Secretary-General to the President of the Republic of China and the Secretary-General of the National Security Council of the Republic of China . From 2007 to 2008, he was Chief Representative of Republic of China to the United States as the head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington, D.C., having been appointed to that position by President Chen Shui-bian to succeed his predecessor, David Lee. On 26 February 2018, he took over the position of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, again succeeding David Lee.[citation needed]

Educational background

Prior to entering politics, he was an academic political scientist, finishing his PhD in political science in 1989 at Ohio State University. He wrote papers critical of the PRC while in the United States.[citation needed] He served as a teacher and research assistant in the political science department of Ohio State University in the United States, and as deputy director of the Institute of International Relations of National Chengchi University in Taiwan.[2]

Rise in politics

Formerly the Deputy Secretary General of the Presidential Office for President Chen Shui-bian, Wu was appointed the chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council, the body charged with coordinating relations with Mainland China (the People's Republic of China), by Chen in May 2004.[citation needed]

His appointment as Chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council proved somewhat controversial due to his reputation as a supporter of Taiwan independence, especially in light of the simultaneous appointment as foreign minister of former independence activist Mark Chen. Wu was the only non-Kuomintang representative of the ROC to the United States.[citation needed]

His tenure as head of TECRO lasted one year and three months.[3]

Cross-strait relations

On 11 April 2013, the ROC Cabinet approved a bill to establish a Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) branch office in Mainland China and an Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) office in Taiwan. Wu - who was once the ROC Minister of Mainland Affairs Council - said that for the ARATS office to be established in Taiwan, it would need to have three prerequisites: the office should never evolve to become like the PRC Liaison Office in Hong Kong; the office's mandate must be clearly defined; and the officers must adhere to international diplomatic regulations.[4]


  1. ^ "Dr. Jaushieh Joseph Wu - Principal Officers" Check |url= value (help). Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan) 中華民國外交部 - 全球資訊網英文網.
  2. ^ Hsu, Jenny W. (June 22, 2008). "Chuang vows to hold hunger strike". Taipei Times. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  3. ^ Jason Yuan places better US ties at top of priorities Taipei Times Jul 2, 2008, Page 3
  4. ^ "Ma ignoring Chinese hostility: TSU chairman". Taipei Times. May 19, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2014.