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Taiwan's new envoy to Indonesia to take up position next week
Central News Agency
2014-01-16 08:42 PM
Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) Taiwan's new representative to Indonesia, Chang Liang-jen, is scheduled to depart Taiwan to assume his new position in Jakarta on Jan. 22, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thursday. He is filling the vacancy created by the appointment of Andrew Hsia, his predecessor, as deputy minister of national defense last October.

Chang, who attended National Chengchi University's Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies and holds a master's degree in International Relations from Harvard University, is expected to bring his strengths into play in the new post, the ministry said. Chang, 67, was sworn in as head of the Taipei Economic and Trade Office in Jakarta in December 2013 and will start the job before the Lunar New Year at the end of January because there are many matters in Indonesia that he has to deal with, the ministry said. He has served as Taiwan's representative to Hong Kong, deputy minister of the Mainland Affairs Council and deputy minister of National Defense. After becoming Taiwan's representative to Israel in 2010, he aggressively promoted relations between the two countries and helped to achieve a bilateral visa-waiver agreement, a pact on direct passenger and cargo flights between the two sides and other agreements on cultural, artistic and academic exchanges, the ministry said. (By Tang Pei-chun and Y.L. Kao)

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