Lin Chu-chia

Lin Chu-chia or Steve Lin (Chinese: 林祖嘉; pinyin: Lín Zǔjiā; born 1956) is a Taiwanese politician. He took junior positions at the Mainland Affairs Council before his 2016 promotion to concurrent posts as National Development Council head and Governor of Fujian Province.

Lin Chu-chia
林祖嘉
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Minister of National Development Council of the Republic of China
In office
1 February 2016 – 20 May 2016
Preceded byWoody Duh
Succeeded byChen Tain-jy
Governor of Fujian Province
In office
1 February 2016 – 20 May 2016
Preceded byWoody Duh
Succeeded byChang Ching-sen
Special Deputy Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council of the Republic of China
In office
16 August 2014 – 31 January 2016
MinisterWang Yu-chi
Andrew Hsia
Preceded byChang Hsien-yao
Deputy Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council of the Republic of China
In office
16 October 2012 – 16 August 2014
MinisterWang Yu-chi
Succeeded byShih Hui-fen
Personal details
Born1956 (age 64–65)
Taoyuan, Taiwan
NationalityRepublic of China
Alma materTatung University
National Chengchi University
University of California, Los Angeles

EducationEdit

Lin obtained a degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles in the United States.

ROC Mainland Affairs Council Deputy MinistryEdit

Lin had been appointed the special deputy minister of the Mainland Affairs Council on 16 August 2012 was sworn in as deputy minister of the Mainland Affairs Council on 29 November 2012.[1][2]

Cross-strait relationsEdit

Speaking at a seminar in Taipei about future of China in November 2012 after the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Lin said that the initiative for Beijing to make reform determine the stability and harmony for cross-strait relations. Difference on the two sides should be dealt with mutual tolerance and understanding. Taipei itself has the responsibility to share its 60-year experience of democratization and economic development with Beijing.[3]

He further added that the MAC would conduct a thorough review on its Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area and establish reciprocal representative office on each other's area to serve the needs of the people. The relations between the two sides is governed under ROC principle of 'one country, two areas' and also the mutual non-recognition of each other's sovereignty and mutual non-denial of each other's governing authority.[4]

Regarding the possibility of Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou meeting during the upcoming APEC China 2014, Lin said that the Mainland China government is free to interpret such meeting as their domestic affairs.[5]

Cross-strait service tradeEdit

In early July 2013 during a conference at the ROC Ministry of Foreign Affairs attended by foreign representatives and ambassadors, Lin said that the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement signed on 21 June 2013 in Shanghai was made in the interest of the interest of the Taiwanese people and that the MAC will continue the socialization with the Legislative Yuan, the public and Taiwanese doing business in Mainland China to promote the pact's advantages. Lin was accompanied by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Simon Ko, Straits Exchange Foundation Deputy Secretary-General Ma Shaw-chang and Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Cho Shih-chao.[6]

Speaking at National Chengchi University in end of March 2014 after the Sunflower Student Movement, Lin said that Taiwan has signed closer economic cooperation with New Zealand and Singapore, and plan to do more with India and Indonesia at the end of the year. Only by engaging closer economic cooperation with Mainland China, Taiwan can move forward towards Trans-Pacific Partnership.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mo, Yan-chih (29 November 2012). "King, two deputy ministers take oaths of office". Taipei Times. Retrieved 22 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Shih, Hsiu-chuan (17 August 2014). "MAC official resigns two jobs for 'family reasons'". Taipei Times. Retrieved 22 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Kuo, Grace (13 November 2012). "MAC sees Beijing reforms as key to cross-strait ties". Taiwan Today. Retrieved 22 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Kao, Camaron (13 November 2012). "China reform key to cross-strait ties: MAC". China Post. Retrieved 22 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Kuo, Adam Tyrsett (7 March 2014). "Taiwan not fully sold on '1992 consensus': ARATS". China Post. Retrieved 22 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Kuo, Adam Tyrsett (2 July 2013). "MAC to continue promoting cross-strait trade pact: deputy minister". China Post. Retrieved 22 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Liu, Ruby (1 April 2014). "NCCU holds lectures on cross-strait trade agreement". China Post. Retrieved 22 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)