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Cabinet appoints official over TPP, RCEP issues

TAIPEI--John C.C. Deng (鄧振中), a deputy secretary-general of the National Security Council (國安會), revealed Wednesday that the premier's appointment of him as a minister without portfolio is out of the need for his experience in negotiations on international economic and trade issues.

Deng was named as a minister without portfolio earlier in the day to replace the outgoing Schive Chi (薛琦).

Asked about his new post, Deng told the press that Premier Jiang Yi-huah has instructed him that his work will focus on the government's efforts to promote Taiwan's participation in two proposed regional free trade blocs currently being discussed — the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

Taiwan's inclusion in these two organizations has been placed high on the government's agenda.

Deng, 61, holds a master's degree in comparative law from George Washington University in the United States.

He has previously served as Taiwan's deputy representative to the U.S., a vice minister of the Mainland Affairs Council, Taiwan's deputy representative to the World Trade Organization, chief negotiator of the Ministry of Economic Affairs' (MOEA's) Office of Trade Negotiations, and a deputy economics minister.

During his service at the MOEA, Deng handled matters related to trade and investment, as well as the operations of the domestic industrial sector, small and medium-sized enterprises and state run enterprises, in addition to forging trade negotiations with foreign countries and international organizations.

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