Taipei, Feb. 26 (CNA) New foreign minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Monday pledged to give younger diplomats more opportunities to use their talents in Taiwan’s diplomatic work.
At the handover ceremony Wu also paid tribute to his predecessor David Lee (李大維), who will now head the National Security Council (NSC).
Wu expressed gratitude to Lee, who had been serving as foreign minister since President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took office in May 2016.
“Since the power transition, Minister Lee and I have been working together in the face of a new diplomatic situation and I’m deeply aware of the difficulties of the job,” Wu said.
“I humble myself in front all of my predecessors,” said Wu, who was secretary-general of the Presidential Office before his new appointment.
He said that in his new role, he will continue to work closely with Lee. Wu also pledged to create more space for young diplomats to bring their talents and expertise to bear on the nation’s diplomatic efforts.
At the request of the president, Wu said, he will also ensure that the foreign ministry draws on the expertise of other government units to better promote Taiwan’s diplomacy.
In turn, Lee said at the handover ceremony that Wu was the perfect choice to serve as foreign minister since he has a deep understanding of the work.
Wu has been President Tsai’s confidant on national security matters since she was elected chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2014.
He was a key member of Tsai’s transition team after her election as president in January 2016 and he served as NSC secretary-general for about a year after Tsai took office in May 2016.
(By Joseph Yeh)