After Chen Chi-mai resigned, the Executive Yuan announced that he would be replaced by Economic Affairs Minister Shen Jong-chin, with vice minister Wang Mei-hua taking over Shen's post.
The Executive Yuan has announced Economic Affairs Minister Shen Jong-chin, aka the "strongest ojisan," will replace Chen Chi-mai as vice premier. Shen served at the ministry for 38 years and rose through the ranks from Industrial Development Bureau director-general to vice minister to minister. He is expected to play an important role in his new post.
Within a month, we produced 60 mask machines, and subsequently 32 mask production lines. Vice Premier Shen played an integral role in this. Premier Su hopes Vice Premier Shen can use his familiarity with industry to plant deep, long-term roots in the economic arena and that he can become the best assistant to the government as it seeks economic growth.
Shen's former deputy, Wang Mei-hua, will replace him as minister. Wang, who holds a law degree from National Taiwan University, has worked at the ministry for almost two decades and also rose through the ranks. Her areas of expertise include international trade, and intellectual property and patent law.
Minister Wang Mei-hua is also a lawyer and has a unique perspective and understanding of how industrial laws need to be adjusted. Premier Su loves to promote talented long-time civil servants that have worked their way up through the ranks.
Wang is married to National Security Council Secretary-General Wellington Koo, which has raised eyebrows. The Executive Yuan says her husband has nothing to do with Wang's promotion and it is good to add a woman to the Cabinet. Industrial groups say Shen, Wang and National Development Council Minister Kung Ming-hsin will form a strong triangle. Wang will assume her new role on the 20th.