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New representative to EU, Belgium named

2013/01/04 21:41:20

Taipei, Jan. 4 (CNA) Tung Kuo-yu, deputy minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has been appointed Taiwan's representative to the European Union and Belgium, the Presidential Office announced Friday.

Tung, 60, will take up the post that was made vacant when his predecessor, David Lin, was appointed foreign minister late last year.

Once he formally assumes office, Tung is expected to push for a working holiday agreement with Belgium and an economic cooperation agreement with the EU.

Well versed in European and North American affairs, Tung has been posted in Houston and New York before taking over as deputy representative to the United States in April 2008. In October 2011, he assumed his current position, mainly in charge of Asia-Pacific and North American affairs.

Tung also built up his credentials in tasks related to international and non-government organizations while serving as representative to Geneva 2001-2002, during which he promoted Taiwan's bid to join the World Health Organization.

Joseph Shih, current deputy head of the ministry's Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs, will succeed Tung as vice foreign minister.

(By Emmanuelle Tzeng and Scully Hsiao)