The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in New York will move to a new location in August in the city's prime district, director Andrew Hsia (
Hsia made the remarks while briefing a group of journalists from Taiwan led by Mainland Affairs (MAC) Vice Chairman Huang Wei-feng (
The new TECO office will be located in a building on the intersection of 5th Avenue and 42th Street, in which about 10 outposts of relevant government agencies in New York, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, the Council for Cultural Affairs and the Financial Supervisory Commission, will also be relocated, Hsia said. According to Hsia, the government spent NT$1.7 billion (US$54 million) to purchase and refurbish the building, which has 16 floors and two basement floors.
As to the question of whether the building would be named the "Taiwan Building" or "Taiwan Plaza," Hsia said that his office has not received any order from the representative office in Washington regarding the issue.
He added that his office will continue operations at the new office under the name of "TECO" following a grand opening slated for early August.
At the head of a 13-member delegation composed of Taiwan reporters, Huang arrived in New York Tuesday for a 10-day visit to the US.
The delegation paid a visit to the United Nations and met a group of reporters stationed at the UN later the same day. It will also meet members of major think tanks, such as the National Committee on US-China Relations and the Council on Foreign Relations.