New top envoy to US pledges to do his best
By Joseph Yeh, The China Post
February 18, 2014, 12:19 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's top envoy to the United Kingdom, Shen Lyu-shun (沈呂巡), who has been tapped to take over the post of the nation's new representative to the United States, pledged yesterday that he will do his best in Washington.
“I will do my utmost (in the new job in the U.S.)” Shen told reporters in Taipei yesterday when asked to comment on his new position.
Shen, however, refused to comment on who will take over the vacancy in London after his departure.
Shen said yesterday that he still has a lot of work to accomplish in the UK before taking up his new post in Washington, which he will reportedly assume next month.
Shen returned to Taiwan on Sunday to attend an ongoing seminar in Taipei for diplomats on the nation's bid to join the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the China-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
Taiwan's representatives in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, India, the U.S., Peru, Chile, Canada and Mexico have all returned for the training.
Economic section chiefs from Taiwan's representative offices in these countries also returned for the seminars.
The nation's incumbent top envoy to the U.S., King Pu-tsung (金溥聰) did not come back for the seminars due to a recent personnel reshuffle. The Presidential Office confirmed earlier this month that King will become President Ma Ying-jeou's new chief national security advisor. His vacancy will be filled by Shen.
A seasoned career diplomat, the 64-year-old Shen previously served as Taiwan's deputy representative to the U.S. and as a deputy foreign minister before becoming the nation's de facto ambassador to the UK in December 2011.
Local media have speculated that Vice Foreign Minister Vanessa Shih (史亞平) could become Shen's successor, but Shih has denied the arrangement.