David Lee (politician)

David Tawei Lee (Chinese: 李大維; pinyin: Lǐ Dàwéi; born 15 October 1949) is a Taiwanese politician and diplomat who is the Secretary-General to the President since 3 August 2020.[1] He formerly served as the chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation in 2020, the Secretary-General of the National Security Council of the Republic of China in 2018-2020 and the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 20 May 2016 to 26 February 2018.[2]

Dr.

David Tawei Lee
李大維
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Secretary General to the President
Assumed office
3 August 2020
PresidentTsai Ing-wen
Preceded bySu Jia-chyuan
Liu Chien-sin (acting)
Chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation
In office
20 May 2020 – 3 August 2020
DeputyChiu Chui-cheng
Hsu Sheng-Hsiung
Preceded byKatharine Chang
Succeeded byRock Hsu (acting)
Secretary-General of National Security Council of the Republic of China
In office
26 February 2018 – 19 May 2020
Preceded byYen Teh-fa
Succeeded byWellington Koo
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
20 May 2016 – 26 February 2018
DeputyHou Ching-shan, Wu Chih-chung
ViceLee Chen-jan
Preceded byDavid Lin
Succeeded byJoseph Wu
ROC Representative to Australia
In office
1 January 2015 – 2016
Preceded byKatharine Chang
Succeeded byWilliam Lin (acting)
Director of the Coordination Council for North American Affairs, TECRO
In office
20 May 2012 – 1 January 2015
Preceded byShao Yu-ming
Succeeded byKatherine Chang
ROC Representative to Canada
In office
2007–2012
Succeeded byLiu Chih-kung
ROC Representative to United States
In office
25 July 2004 – 10 April 2007
Preceded byChen Chien-jen
Succeeded byJoseph Wu
ROC Representative to the European Union and Belgium
In office
2001–2004
Succeeded byChen Chien-jen
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
1998–2001
MinisterJason Hu
Chen Chien-jen
Tien Hung-mao
Minister of the Government Information Office
In office
15 May 1997 – 5 February 1998
Preceded bySu Chi
Succeeded byChen Chien-jen
Vice Minister of the Government Information Office
In office
1996–1997
MinisterSu Chi
Personal details
Born (1949-10-15) 15 October 1949 (age 71)
Taipei city
NationalityRepublic of China
Political partyKuomintang (suspended)
Alma materNational Taiwan University
University of Virginia
OccupationDiplomat

EducationEdit

Career timelineEdit

  • 2007–2012 representative, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada
  • 2004–2007 representative, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States
  • 2001–2004 representative, Taipei Representative Office in Belgium, also responsible for the European Union and Luxembourg
  • 1998–2001 deputy minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC (Taiwan)
  • 2000–2001 adjunct professor, National Taiwan University
  • 1997–1998 director-general, Government Information Office, Executive Yuan, and Government Spokesman (Cabinet rank), ROC
  • 1996 director-general, Department of North American Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC
  • 1993–1996 associate in Research, Fairbank Centre for East Asian Research, Harvard University
  • 1993–1996 director-general, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston
  • 1990–1993 deputy director-general, Department of International Information Service, Government Information Office, Executive Yuan
  • 1988–1993 adjunct associate professor, National Taiwan Normal University
  • 1988–1989 principal assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 1982–1988 staff consultant, Coordination Council for North American Affairs, Office in Washington, D.C.
  • 1976–1977 managing editor, Asia and the World Forum, Taipei, Taiwan

Minister of Foreign AffairsEdit

 
President Tsai congratulates US President-elect Donald Trump in a phone call during a meeting of the National Security Council. Secretary-General of the National Security Council Joseph Wu (left) and Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee (right).

Taiwan membership at the United NationsEdit

Speaking in August 2016, Lee said that Taiwan will continue to pursue meaningful participation in the United Nations (UN) agencies. However, he will not promote Taiwan to apply for UN membership.[3]

ROC diplomatic allies visitsEdit

During his ministerial term, Lee visited Palau to attend the inauguration of President Tommy Remengesau in January 2017, Haiti to attend the inauguration of President Jovenel Moïse in February 2017 and Solomon Islands in June 2017.[4][5][6]

PublicationsEdit

  • The Making of the Taiwan Relations Act: Twenty Years in Retropect. Oxford University Press, 2000 ISBN 0195922093
  • Taiwan in a Transformed World. (co-edited with Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr.) Brassey's Inc., 1995 ISBN 0028811380
  • The Legislative Process of the Taiwan Relations Act. Taipei, Feng Yuen Publication, 1988[citation needed]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Su, Yung-yao; Hetherington, William (August 4, 2020). "SEF chief to head Presidential Office". Retrieved August 4, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan)". Archived from the original on May 25, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Taiwan will not seek U.N. membership: foreign minister - Politics - FOCUS TAIWAN - CNA ENGLISH NEWS".
  4. ^ Ku, Chuan; Huang, Romulo (January 18, 2017). "Foreign Minister David Lee visits Palau". Focus Taiwan. Retrieved June 24, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "David Lee to attend Haiti presidential inauguration". The China Post. February 6, 2017. Retrieved June 24, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Hou, Elaine (June 23, 2017). "Foreign minister visits Solomon Islands to promote bilateral ties". Focus Taiwan. Retrieved June 24, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
Government offices
Preceded by
Chen Chien-jen
ROC Representative to the United States
2004–2007
Succeeded by
Joseph Wu
Preceded by
David Lin
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2016–2018
Succeeded by
Joseph Wu
Preceded by
Su Jia-chyuan
Liu Chien-sin (acting)
Secretary-General to the President
2020–
Incumbent