Katharine Chang

Katharine Chang (Chinese: 張小月; pinyin: Zhāng Xiǎoyuè; born 12 February 1953) is a Taiwanese diplomat.

Katharine Chang
Chang Hsiao-yueh
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Chairwoman of the Straits Exchange Foundation
In office
27 March 2018 – 5 June 2020
DeputyKo Cheng-heng
Yao Jen-to[1]
Preceded byTien Hung-mao
Succeeded byDavid Lee
Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council of the Republic of China
In office
20 May 2016 – 26 February 2018
DeputyChang Tien-chin, Chiu Chui-cheng, Lin Cheng-yi
Preceded byAndrew Hsia
Succeeded byLin Cheng-yi (acting)
Chen Ming-tong
Director of the Coordination Council for North American Affairs [zh]
In office
1 January 2016 – 20 May 2016
Preceded byDavid Lee
Succeeded byTao Yi-fen
ROC Representative to Australia
In office
December 2011 – 31 December 2014
Succeeded byDavid Lee
ROC Representative to the United Kingdom
In office
December 2007 – December 2011
Preceded byEdgar Lin
Succeeded byShen Lyu-shun
Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China
In office
April 2006 – December 2007
MinisterJames C. F. Huang
ROC Representative to the Netherlands
In office
February 2003 – April 2006
Succeeded byLarry Wang
ROC Ambassador to Saint Kitts and Nevis
In office
December 1997 – March 2001
Personal details
Born (1953-02-12) 12 February 1953 (age 68)
NationalityRepublic of China
Alma materNational Chengchi University
Long Island University

Early lifeEdit

Chang obtained her bachelor's degree from the Department of Diplomacy of National Chengchi University. She the obtained her master's degree in international relations from Long Island University in the United States.[2]


Chang began her diplomatic career in 1976. In January 1995, she was named leader of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle, and became the first woman to serve as a representative of Taiwan. In 1997, Chang was appointed Taiwan's first woman ambassador when she accepted a post to St Kitts and Nevis and Dominica. Upon succeeding Henry Chen as director-general of the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs, Chang became the Ministry of Foreign Affairs first spokeswoman.[3] She was the ROC representative to the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2011 and to Australia from 2011 to 2014.[4] The next year, she was appointed to lead the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States.[5] In 2016, Chang was named the minister of the Mainland Affairs Council.[6] She left the Mainland Affairs Council in February 2018, and succeeded Tien Hung-mao as leader of the Straits Exchange Foundation that March.[7] Chang was replaced at the SEF by David Lee on 5 June 2020.[8]


  1. ^ "Presidential Office's Yao appointed to SEF post". Taipei Times. 22 June 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  2. ^ "New Cabinet leaves Taiwanese bemused". Straits Times. 2 May 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  3. ^ Chu, Monique (16 March 2001). "MOF appoints first female spokesperson". Taipei Times. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  4. ^ Internet Team. "About the Representative - About the Representative - Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Australia 駐澳大利亞代表處". taiwanembassy.org. Archived from the original on 2014-08-27. Retrieved 2014-08-24.
  5. ^ Yeh, Joseph (6 January 2015). "Ex-envoy to Australia takes up post as North American liaison". China Post. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  6. ^ Yeh, Sophia; Wu, Lilian (15 April 2016). "Premier-designate names main Cabinet members". Central News Agency. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  7. ^ Hsu, Stacy (28 March 2018). "Former MAC head Chang takes the helm at the SEF". Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  8. ^ "New SEF head says two sides of Strait can work toward public's best interest". Taipei Times. 7 June 2020. Retrieved 7 June 2020.