Andrew Hsia

Andrew Hsia
Hsia Li-yan
Minister of Mainland Affairs Council of the Republic of China
In office
16 February 2015[1]  20 May 2016
Deputy Lin Chu-chia, Shih Hui-fen, Wu Mei-hung
Lin Chu-chia, Shih Hui-fen
Preceded by Wang Yu-chi
Succeeded by Katharine Chang
Deputy Minister of National Defense of the Republic of China
In office
22 October 2013  February 2015
Minister Yen Ming
Preceded by Andrew Yang
Succeeded by Chen Yeong-kang
ROC Representative to Indonesia
In office
December 2009[2]  22 October 2013
Preceded by Timothy Yang[3]
Succeeded by Chang Liang-jen[4][5]
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China
In office
20 May 2008  16 September 2009
Minister Francisco Ou
Succeeded by Shen Lyu-hsun[6]
ROC Representative to India
In office
June 2007  2008
ROC Representative to United Nations
In office
2001  June 2007
Succeeded by Kenneth Liao[7]
ROC Deputy Representative to Canada
In office
Personal details
Born 24 December 1950 (1950-12-24) (age 67)
Taipei, Taiwan
Nationality Republic of China
Alma mater Fu-Jen Catholic University
National Chengchi University
University of Oxford
University College London

Andrew Hsia (Chinese: 夏立言; pinyin: Xià Lìyán; born 24 December 1950) is a politician of the Republic of China (ROC). He was minister of the Mainland Affairs Council from February 2015 to May 2016.[8][9][10][11]


Hsia obtained his bachelor's degree in law from Fu-Jen Catholic University in 1972, master's degree in diplomacy from National Chengchi University in 1976, master's degree in international law from University of Oxford in the United Kingdom (UK) in 1980 and master's degree in law from University College London in the UK in 1981.[12]

ROC Representative to the United States

Protest against PRC as founding member of United Nations in 1945

In mid of August 2005, Hsia protested to the United Nations (UN) for naming the People's Republic of China (PRC) as one of the founding member of the UN that signed the United Nations Charter during an exhibition commemorating 60th anniversary of the UN, instead of the Republic of China (ROC). He stressed that in 1945, it was the ROC who were the China, since PRC was only founded in 1949.[13]

ROC Representative to India

Representative appointment

After being appointed ROC representative to India in June 2007, Hsia said that he hoped to work on securing India's support for Taiwan's membership in the World Health Organization of the United Nations. He also would focus on trade, tourism and technological exchanges between the two.[14]

ROC Foreign Affairs Deputy Ministry

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs resignation

Hsia resigned from his post in August 2009 after a cable was disclosed by a newspaper stating that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had instructed all of the ROC representative offices around the world to decline all forms of foreign aid in the aftermath of Typhoon Morakot.[8]

ROC Representative to Indonesia

During his term as the ROC representative to Indonesia, Hsia actively promoted bilateral exchanges between Taiwan and Indonesia in the field of trade, culture and education. He was involved in the joint development of Morotai Island of North Maluku province and an industrial park in Jakarta.[15]

2013 Jakarta International Defense Dialogue

Commenting on the barring of the Taiwanese delegation to attend the 3rd Jakarta International Defense Dialogue (JIDD) in Jakarta in March 2013, Hsia said that he was not pleased with the incident since this conference is about regional security and Taiwan is certainly one of the major player. The Taipei Economic and Trade Office in Jakarta demanded an explanation from the Government of Indonesia regarding the incident.

Indonesia, represented by the JIDD organizing committee chairperson, responded by saying that the Ministry of Defense of Indonesia had received a verbal complaint from the Chinese Embassy asking them to discourage the Taiwanese delegates from attending the conference.[16]

ROC National Defense Deputy Ministry

Deputy Minister of National Defense appointment

On 22 October 2013, Premier Jiang Yi-huah named Hsia to fill in the position of Deputy Minister of the National Defense, in which Hsia will be tasked to oversee arms procurement policies.

The position had been vacated for more than 2 months since 1 August 2013 when then-Deputy Minister of National Defense Andrew Yang was promoted to the Minister position after the resignation of then-Minister of National Defense Kao Hua-chu due to the death scandal of army corporal Hung Chung-chiu.

Jiang said that the decision to choose him for this position was made after consultation with President Ma Ying-jeou, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of National Defense.[8]

See also


  2. "Taipei Economic and Trade Office, Jakarta, Indonesia 駐印尼台北經濟貿易代表處". Archived from the original on 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2014-08-23.
  4. "Taiwan names new representative to Indonesia | Society | FOCUS TAIWAN - CNA ENGLISH NEWS". 2013-11-22. Retrieved 2014-04-21.
  5. "Taiwan's names new representative to Indonesia - Taiwan News Online". 2013-11-22. Retrieved 2014-04-21.
  6. "Andrew Yang picked as deputy defense minister". Taipei Times. 2014-04-14. Retrieved 2014-04-21.
  7. "The New York Times". Retrieved 2014-08-23.
  8. 1 2 3 "Representative to Indonesia named to MND deputy post". Taipei Times. 2014-04-14. Retrieved 2014-04-21.
  9. "Cabinet names new deputy defense minister | Politics | FOCUS TAIWAN - CNA ENGLISH NEWS". 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2014-04-21.
  10. "Jakarta envoy tapped for deputy defense minister". The China Post. 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2014-04-21.
  11. "Kuomintang News Network". 2013-10-23. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2014-04-21.
  13. "14 | August | 2005 | Mutantfrog Travelogue". Retrieved 2014-04-21.
  14. "Taiwan's 'representative' takes up Indian challenge - IBNLive". Retrieved 2014-08-23.
  16. "Taiwan gets barred from Jakarta defense summit". Taipei Times. 2014-04-14. Retrieved 2014-04-21.
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