Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson James Chang (章計平) has been tapped to replace Tom Chou (周台竹) as ambassador to Saint Lucia amid concern over the bilateral relationship since a transition of power in the Caribbean nation.
Saint Lucia has repeatedly demanded that Taipei recall Chou after the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) regained power in November last year, accusing Chou of interfering in the electoral process in favor of the United Workers Party (UWP), an allegation that the ministry has denied.
Chou has been stationed in Saint Lucia since 2007, putting a transfer in line with rules governing rotation of positions, partially based on length of service.
A career diplomat of nearly 30 years, Chang has previously served in the UK, the US and the Philippines and has served as ministry spokesperson since 2010.
In other personnel news, the ministry appointed Department of International Organizations Director-General Lily Hsu (徐儷文) to be the nation’s representative to Denmark and Department of West Asian Affairs Director-General Lin Jinn-jong (林進忠) will become the representative to Saudi Arabia.
Hsu will be succeeded by Kelly Hsieh (謝武樵), who currently serves in the representative office in Geneva, Switzerland.
Hsueh Mei-yu (薛美瑜), a section chief at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US, has been selected to serve as representative to the Czech Republic.