Taiwan Affairs Office

Taipei welcomes new Taiwan Affairs Office head Zhang Zhijun

Zhang Zhijun is the new Taiwan Affairs Office head. Photo: AFP

Taiwan offered a guarded welcome yesterday to the mainland's appointment of the former deputy foreign minister to head the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO). The island's Mainland Affairs Council did not comment on the appointment of Zhang Zhijun , who replaced Wang Yi on Sunday as the office's new director. However, some pundits and party officials speculated that Zhang, with his rich background in foreign affairs, is a highly capable replacement for Wang, who was promoted to foreign minister.

Tuesday, 19 March, 2013, 5:10am

Deputy foreign minister Zhang Zhijun tipped to be next Taiwan affairs chief

Zhang Zhijun (left) is expected to replace Wang Yi.

Zhang, who is also the Foreign Ministry's party secretary, is said to be Beijing's choice because it wanted to continue appointing senior diplomats to head Taiwan affairs, which often involves complex international relations.

3 Mar 2013 - 8:17am

Briefs, November 29, 2012

The State Council vowed yesterday to tighten laws on the expropriation of farmland, warning that the problem risked fuelling rural unrest and undermined food security.

29 Nov 2012 - 4:41am

Briefs, November 21, 2012

Kuomintang honorary chairman Wu Po-hsiung has refused to say whether he expects the mainland's Taiwan affairs director, Wang Yi, to be promoted.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

Propaganda chief and Deng Xiaoping's bridge partner

The Communist Party's former propaganda chief died of an unspecified illness in Beijing yesterday morning at the age of 83, according to state media reports.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Cross-strait challenge beckons swimmer

Veteran marathon swimmer Wang Han, the first Chinese to have swum across 12 major straits, is planning to challenge the Taiwan Strait.

The 50-year-old said he had long had his eyes on the 250km swim, a crossing that will be made more difficult by complex sea currents and the presence of sharks.

4 May 2007 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In a report on page A6 yesterday, Chen Yunlin was incorrectly identified as a vice-director of the Taiwan Affairs Office. He is in fact the director. The error was made in the editing process.

9 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Causes of tension 'still exist'

The 'root causes' of cross-strait tension have not yet been eliminated, according to a senior mainland official in charge of Taiwan affairs. Analysts speculated that Wang Zaixi, deputy director of the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, was referring to the fact that the island was being ruled by the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party.

12 Jan 2003 - 12:00am