The Presidential Office has announced current National Security Council advisor Hsiao Bi-khim as the Taipei's new representative to the US. She will be the first female to hold the post.
Many international friends are interested and want to learn from Taiwan's epidemic prevention experience.
After losing her legislative seat in February, Hsiao Bi-khim accompanied vice presidential candidate William Lai to the US, where they attended a national prayer breakfast in Washington. Rumors started then that Hsiao would soon receive a diplomatic appointment. In April, Hsiao was given an advisory position in the National Security Council. On June 16, the Presidential Office announced her as Taipei's new representative to the US.
Her nomination was swiftly approved by the US government. So, the president has special hopes that Representative Hsiao can strengthen the foundation for deeper bilateral relations in the future.
The US has signed off on the appointment. Hsiao received her master's in political science from Columbia University and served four terms as legislator. She was previously the Democratic Progressive Party's director of international affairs and also worked at the DPP's US office. Her goals will be to strengthen bilateral cooperation and arrange a visit to Washington for Tsai Ing-wen along with a meeting with Donald Trump.
We have crossed paths professionally. She has decent qualifications. Apart from her language (skills), her greatest advantage is her extremely close relationship with the president. She really understands what the president wants.
Former Foreign Affairs Minister Chen Chien-jen, who also previously served as Taipei representative to the US, says former reps to the US like Joseph Wu and King Pu-tsung that did not have a diplomatic background performed extremely well politically and he hopes Hsiao will be able to find her equilibrium. US Representative Ted Yoho, former American Institute in Taiwan Chair Richard Bush, and former US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver have all given a special welcome to Taipei's first female rep to the US and say Hsiao is a good choice.