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Former envoy to Canada named new UK rep

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's top envoy to Canada, Liu Chih-kung (劉志攻) was named the nation's new representative to the United Kingdom, the Presidential Office announced late Monday.

The 63-year-old Liu will take over the vacancy left by his predecessor Shen Lyu-shun (沈呂巡). Shen assumed his post as Taipei's representative in Washington this April.

Liu has served as Taiwan's representative to Canada since August 2012.

A seasoned diplomat who graduated from National Chengchi University's Department of Diplomacy, Liu has been engaged in diplomatic service since 1986.

He previously held several important posts as deputy secretary-general for the National Security Council between 2010 to 2012. He was also a former envoy to the Czech Republic and to Mongolia.

A diplomatic source told local media yesterday that Liu was chosen as the new ambassador to the UK because of his rich experience in national security and diplomatic affairs.

Meanwhile, Bruce Linghu (令狐榮達), Taiwan's representative to Los Angeles, is tapped to take over the post left by Liu at Ottawa, according to local media reports.

The Presidential Office's long-awaited announcement ended months-long speculation on who will take over the post left by Shen.

The latest personnel reshuffle came after Taiwan's former top envoy to the United States, King Pu-tsung (金溥聰), was sworn in to become President Ma Ying-jeou's new chief national security advisor this March.

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