David Lee Ta-wei (Chinese: 李大維; pinyin: Lǐ Dàwéi; born 15 October 1949) is a Taiwanese politician and diplomat who is the chairman of Straits Exchange Foundation since 31 January 2023. He formerly served as the chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation in 2020, the Secretary-General of the National Security Council of Taiwan in 2018-2020, the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 20 May 2016 to 26 February 2018, and the Secretary-General to the President since 3 August 2020 to 31 January 2023.
- 1986 PhD in Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia, USA
- 1980 M.A. in Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia
- 1973 B.A. in Political Science, National Taiwan University, ROC (Taiwan)
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- 2007–2012 representative, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada
- 2004–2007 representative, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States
- 2001–2004 representative, Taipei Representative Office in Belgium, also responsible for the European Union and Luxembourg
- 1998–2001 deputy minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC (Taiwan)
- 2000–2001 adjunct professor, National Taiwan University
- 1997–1998 director-general, Government Information Office, Executive Yuan, and Government Spokesman (Cabinet rank), ROC
- 1996 director-general, Department of North American Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC
- 1993–1996 associate in Research, Fairbank Centre for East Asian Research, Harvard University
- 1993–1996 director-general, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston
- 1990–1993 deputy director-general, Department of International Information Service, Government Information Office, Executive Yuan
- 1988–1993 adjunct associate professor, National Taiwan Normal University
- 1988–1989 principal assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs
- 1982–1988 staff consultant, Coordination Council for North American Affairs, Office in Washington, D.C.
- 1976–1977 managing editor, Asia and the World Forum, Taipei, Taiwan
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Taiwan membership at the United Nations
ROC diplomatic allies visits
During his ministerial term, Lee visited Palau to attend the inauguration of President Tommy Remengesau in January 2017, Haiti to attend the inauguration of President Jovenel Moïse in February 2017 and Solomon Islands in June 2017.
Secretary General to the President
Confidentiality breach on the Special Force soldier letter
On 11 March 2022, a special force soldier wrote a letter to President Tsai Ing-wen reporting the insufficient basic logistic supply which has compelled the combatants to purchase from outsider suppliers at their own expense for two years, then being disqualified as non-standard upon inspection, in contrast of the reserve trainees receiving new sets; and appealed to abolish the mandatory diary writing for examination. The classified "2022006470" paper was taken photo illegally from the presidential palace and leaked to the media with his identity exposed on 18 March; hence Minister of National Defense Chiu Kuo-cheng reacted: "I will not let him get away with it", "Fix the crying baby!"; but later clarified while being questioned by the parliament members in the Legislative Yuan, that he just disgusts the coward behavior behind his back, and the critique unfair to the preparatory staff. The incident raised the broad society concern on the standard operating procedure practice on the data security breach in the presidential office.
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- Su, Yung-yao; Hetherington, William (August 4, 2020). "SEF chief to head Presidential Office". Retrieved August 4, 2020.
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- Ku, Chuan; Huang, Romulo (January 18, 2017). "Foreign Minister David Lee visits Palau". Focus Taiwan. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
- "David Lee to attend Haiti presidential inauguration". The China Post. February 6, 2017. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
- Hou, Elaine (June 23, 2017). "Foreign minister visits Solomon Islands to promote bilateral ties". Focus Taiwan. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
- Bai, Hsi-keng (March 18, 2022). "特戰兵寫信給總統 有怎樣三軍統帥就有怎樣國軍" [Special Force soldier wrote to President: "Like such a military commander, like such an army."] (in Chinese (Taiwan)). New Taipei City: United Daily News. Retrieved March 29, 2022.
- Lin, Yi; Fan, Yang-guang (March 18, 2022). "「裝備自購教召用全新」特戰兵怒嗆蔡英文 網看末段驚：整個連要起飛" ["Self-help purchasing equipment while the reserve trainees receiving new sets", Special Force soldier complained to President Tsai] (in Chinese (Taiwan)). Taipei: China Times. Retrieved March 29, 2022.
- "特戰兵寫信向總統陳情 邱國正烙狠話「不會放過他」" [Special Force soldier wrote a letter appealing to the President, Chiu harshly responds "won't let him get away with it."]. 解讀國軍軍事聞 (in Chinese (Taiwan)). Taipei: BCC News Radio. March 23, 2022. Retrieved March 29, 2022 – via Yahoo! News Taiwan.
- "特戰兵向小英告狀裝備爛 邱國正撂話要修理「靠北」的人" [Special Force soldier complained about the bad equipment to the President; Chiu gives the words: "Fix the crying baby."]. 政治中心綜合報導 (in Chinese (Taiwan)). Taipei: Taiwanhot. March 23, 2022. Retrieved March 29, 2022 – via Yahoo! News Taiwan.
- Wang, Jiong-hua (March 25, 2022). "特戰兵向蔡英文陳情！身分內容竟遭總統府曝光 官員憂：恐引發國安危機" [Special Force soldier complained to President Tsai! His identity was exposed by the presidential palace. Official concerns: "It may lead to the national security crisis"] (in Chinese (Taiwan)). Taipei: RW News. Retrieved March 29, 2022.