Tsai announces China, foreign affairs and defense team

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President-elect Tsai Ing-wen on Friday announced the choices for ministers of the Mainland Affairs Council, Foreign Affairs, and National Defense.
Both Tsai and Premier-designate Lin Chuan, who attended the news conference, will be sworn in on May 20 with the new government team.
Katherine Chang, a veteran diplomat and chairwoman of the Coordination Council for North American Affairs, will head the Mainland Affairs Council, the Cabinet body in charge of China policies. Tsai started her steep political ascent in the same position in the administration of President Chen Shui-bian. Chang represented Taiwan in several countries, including Great Britain, Australia and the Netherlands.
David Lee, a veteran of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of the Kuomintang administrations of the 1990s, will take over as foreign minister, Tsai said. His deputy would be Soochow University professor Wu Chih-chung, the French-educated son of former Vice Premier Wu Rong-I, reports said.
Feng Shih-kuan, 71, a retired Air Force general and former chairman of the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation, was Tsai’s choice for defense minister.
Tsai and Lin visited the Ministry of National Defense for a briefing on Thursday. One of the main defense policies Tsai wants to push is the domestic design and construction of submarines, since acquiring them from overseas has become too difficult due to Chinese pressure.
As widely expected, Democratic Progressive Party Secretary-General Joseph Wu will be appointed secretary-general of the National Security Council. The respected international relations expert has held several important positions over the years, including MAC minister, presidential vice secretary-general, and Taiwan representative to the United States.
At the Presidential Office, National Chengchi University foreign relations professor Lin Pi-chao would take over as secretary-general, Tsai announced. He served Chen as deputy presidential secretary-general.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs will be headed by Lee Chih-kung, professor at the Department of Engineering Science and Ocean Engineering at National Taiwan University.
Finance Vice Minister Sheu Yu-jer will be promoted to full minister, and Taipei Exchange Chairman Ding Kung-wha will head the Financial Supervisory Commission, Lin announced.
National Sun Yat-sen University President Yang Hung-duen will serve as minister of Science and Technology, and National Taiwan University Institute of Applied Mechanics professor Wu Tsung-tsong as minister without portfolio for science and technology affairs.