Joseph Wu, who has served for a year as head of the National Security Council (NSC), has been named the new secretary-general of the Presidential Office. President Tsai Ing-wen made the announcement on Thursday.
Presidential Office spokesperson Alex Huang said Wu had done an exemplary job in his one year at the NSC. He said he had been a steady pair of hands overseeing the transition of power from the previous administration. Huang also praised Wu’s long experience in cross-strait affairs.
Huang said, "Both in opposition and in government, the president and Secretary-General Wu have ample experience of working together. The president expects to continue to rely on Secretary-General Joseph Wu’s experience in the future. He will assist the president on work related to cross-strait diplomacy. It is also anticipated that Secretary-General Wu will play a role in internal and external coordination and play the role of the president’s right-hand aide."
Wu previously served as head of the Mainland Affairs Council under the Chen Shui-bian administration, a position also once formerly held by President Tsai. He has also held the position of Taiwan’s envoy to the United States. Wu will be replaced as head of the National Security Council by Yen Teh-fa. Yen is a retired general who has served as a national security consultant.