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Shieh wants GIO to take role of 'good idea office'

Shieh wants GIO to take role of 'good idea office'

Government Information Office Minister-designate Shieh Jhy-wey (謝志偉) yesterday described himself as "Taiwan's image maker" and expressed his hope that the GIO would become Taiwan's "good idea office" and promote "democracy and human rights" at home and abroad.
Now Taiwan's unofficial representative in Germany based in Berlin, Shieh, a professor of foreign languages at Soochow University in Taipei as well as Taiwan's official representative to Germany, actively campaigned for President Chen in the run-up to the March 2000 and March 2004 election and frequently appeared on political talk shows until his appointment to Berlin in 2004.
Shieh related that he had lived in Germany for over 10 years when he was doing his doctorate and post-doctorate studies before taking his post as Taiwan's unofficial ambassador to Germany.
Noting that he is still Taiwan's representative in Germany, Shieh related that the "one-China principle" pushed by the Chinese Communist Party government of the People's Republic of China "aims to make Taiwan invisible in international society.
Praising the groundwork done by Taiwan's diplomatic staff and by the GIO globally, Shieh related that he told diplomats, media and academia in Germany that although Taiwan does not have official diplomatic relations with Germany or other countries, "Taiwan has legitimacy based on our democracy and human rights."
"Democracy and human rights transcend borders, so we could link up with Chinese democratic activists and cooperate with the Tibetan exile government on human rights," related Shieh, who quipped that "without image, there is damage" and stated that the work of the GIO minister should be as "Taiwan's image promoter."
Shieh acknowledged that it would be a challenge "like jumping into a fire pit" to return to Taiwan's bitterly divided political climate after experiencing "common effort" among Taiwanese of various political "colors" against Chinese oppression in Germany.
However, the GIO minister-designate related that his experience had given him hope that exposing problems and discussion and "mutual discourse" would allow all sides to grow and solve problems.


Updated : 2022-05-18 16:57 GMT+08:00