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Audrey Tang makes Foreign Policy's list of 100 global thinkers

2019/01/24 13:32:54

Washington, Jan. 24 (CNA) Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang (唐鳳) from Taiwan has been named in the 2019 issue of U.S.-based Foreign Policy magazine's list of Top 100 Global Thinkers, published Wednesday.

The 100 nominees were split into 10 groups, with Tang grouped under readers' choices -- a category chosen through an online poll.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, former first lady of the United States Michelle Obama, and trade advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump Peter Navarro have also been included in the category.

The magazine depicted Tang as the world's only transgender Cabinet minister, saying that she first came to prominence as a star computer programmer and entrepreneur.

"In 2018, Tang showed her dedication to her portfolio as Taiwan's digital minister by addressing the United Nations from an iPad," it said.

In response, Tang wrote on her Facebook page Thursday that her inclusion in this year's list shows that Taiwan's social development and democratic innovation have gained worldwide recognition and serves as encouragement for her to continue to work in the area.

"For me, thoughts are never my personal creation but the result of the collective wisdom," Tang wrote, adding that her government openness, social innovation and efforts at youth participation initiatives all rely on contributions by the public.

Taiwanese venture capitalist Lee Kai-fu (李開復) also made the list under the technology category.

Describing Lee as a veteran of Apple, Microsoft and Google, and the founder of the venture capital fund Sinovation Ventures, Foreign Policy said he asserts that artificial intelligence and humankind can coexist, adding that Lee also argues in one of his 2018 books that thanks to its supercharged start-up culture, China will surge ahead of the United States in the great tech race.

As this year marks the annual list's 10th anniversary, its 2019 edition also includes a selection of the top 10 most influential individuals or groups of the past decade.

Those on the list include German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former U.S. President Barack Obama, the co-founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Jack Ma (馬雲), the women of the #MeToo Movement, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde and European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager.

CNN TV host Fareed Zakaria, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, and Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda, who co-chair an eponymous philanthropic foundation, were also nominated as individuals who have had the greatest impact over the last 10 years.

Also on the list is a collective of authoritarian leaders labeled as the Strongman, who include Vladimir Putin of Russia, Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, Xi Jinping (習近平) of China, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and U.S. President Donald Trump.

(By Chiang Chin-ye, Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao)