New Taiwan envoy to Thailand Chang Chun-fu, arrives in Bangkok
BANGKOK (CNA) – The newly appointed representative to Thailand, Chang Chun-fu (張俊福), arrived in Thailand Saturday (Nov. 11) to assume his duties.
Chang and his wife arrived at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok at noon on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023. Deputy Representative to Thailand Xue Xiumei and the staff of the representative office went to pick them up. Many Taiwanese businessmen and overseas Chinese leaders were also present to welcome the new representative to take office.
The representative office in Thailand issued a press release stating that Zhang Junfu thanked the overseas Chinese leaders and the staff of the representative office who came to pick up the airport.
He pointed out that his arrival coincided with the first day of visa-free travel for Taiwanese, granted by Thailand, CNA reported. This measure will open a new chapter for Taiwan-Thailand exchanges, he said.
The new envoy said he anticipates further developments in bilateral diplomacy and promised to meet challenges head-on. Chang said Taiwan and Thailand have achieved substantial cooperation in various fields, including economy, trade, tourism, education, and culture.
About Chang Jun-fu
Chang Jun-fu pointed out that Taiwan and Thailand have so far achieved rich cooperation results in many fields such as economy and trade, tourism, education and culture. The representative office will continue to expand Taiwan and Thailand based on the existing good foundation and with the support of Taiwanese people in Thailand. scale of economic and trade exchanges and deepen various bilateral cooperative relations.
It has been more than 30 years since Zhang Junfu was last stationed in Thailand. He said that he was very honored to be stationed in Thailand again. Currently, Thailand has made great progress in various fields. He is very much looking forward to starting work as soon as possible, getting to know Thailand again, and opening a new chapter for future bilateral cooperation between Taiwan and Thailand. .
Zhang Junfu graduated from the Department of Business of National Taiwan University and has many expatriate experiences. He has served as economic secretary of the representative offices in Thailand, the United States, and Switzerland; economic team leader of the representative offices in Indonesia, Canada, the European Union, and Belgium and the United States.
Zhang Junfu also served as the team leader of the Intellectual Property Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the team leader of the International Trade Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Director of International Trade, the Counselor of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Director of the Economic and Trade Negotiation Representative Office, etc., and also participated in the World Trade Organization (WTO) accession negotiations, and cross-strait services Trade agreements, Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) and many other negotiations.
Last envoy Zhuang Shuohan had dismissed
Zhuang Shuohan, the former representative to Thailand, was suddenly dismissed on June 21 this year less than a year after taking office. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on June 24 that Zhuang Shuohan was involved in a sexual harassment incident. After preliminary verification, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs based it on ” “Zero tolerance” is the highest standard and requires Zhuang Shuohan to resign as soon as possible.