- Vincent Siew
Infobox Vice President
name = Vincent Siew
nationality = ROC
Vice President of the Republic of China
20 May 2008
Premier of the Republic of China
01 September 1997
20 May 2000
birth_date = birth date and age|1939|1|3|df=y
Chiayi City, Taiwan
spouse = Susan Chu
party = (KMT)
Vincent C. Siew (zh-tspw|t=蕭萬長|s=萧万长|p=Xiāo Wàncháng|w=Hsiao Wan-chang;
POJ: Siau Ban-Tiong) (born January 3, 1939) was the first Taiwanese-born Premier of the Republic of Chinaand former vice-chairman of Kuomintang(KMT). Siew is the current Vice President, having won the 2008 Presidential Elections on 22 March with running-mate Ma Ying-jeou.
Chiayi Cityin the then Japanese colony of Taiwan, Siew graduated from the Department of Diplomacy at National Chengchi Universityin 1961, and received a master's degree from the Graduate Institute of International Law and Diplomacy at National Chengchi University in 1965.
He worked at the ROC's Consulate General in
Kuala Lumpurfrom 1966 to 1972. He was named to the Central Committee of the Kuomintang in 1988. He was appointed as Minister of Economic Affairs from 1990 to 1993. As Chairman for Economic Planning Development, he represented President Lee Teng-hui, who was forbidden to attend personally, at the 1993 and 1994 annual APEC leaders' summits.
Siew was elected a member of the
Legislative Yuanfrom 1996 to 1997. He served as Premier from 1997 to 2000. He was the KMT vice-presidential candidate in 2000 on the ticket of Lien Chan.
Siew is married to Susan Chu (朱俶賢 Zhū Shúxián) with three daughters: Ru-ting (蕭如婷), Jia-fen (蕭如芬), and Jhih-you (蕭至佑 Zhìyòu).
Siew is the former chairman of the [http://www.cier.edu.tw Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research] (Siew submitted his resignation June 24, 2007 after his KMT vice-presidential nomination) and the incumbent Chairman of the [http://www.crossstrait.org.tw/version3/index.html Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation] . He resigned as KMT vice chairman and all other posts in the party before the December legislative elections. He was criticised by the
Pan-Blue Coalitionfor not taking a greater role in the Lien-Soong campaign and acting as convener for a private group of economic advisers for President Chen Shui-bian.
In May 2007, Siew was mentioned as a possible running mate for KMT presidential nominee
Ma Ying-Jeou. [http://www.ettoday.com/2007/05/09/10844-2094378.htm] This speculation came to fruition after Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyngdeclined Ma's offer to be his running mate. On June 23, 2007, ending weeks of speculation, Ma formally introduced Siew to be his vice-presidential running mate. [http://ettoday.com/2007/06/23/91-2115792.htm] The 2008 run is Siew's second ticket, having been selected also as the vice-presidential candidate of Lien Chan's KMT ticket in 2000.
On April 11, 2008, Vincent Siew departed
Taiwanto attend the Boao Forum for Asia, held in Bo'ao, Hainan, which is administered by mainland China. Siew is a founding delegate of the forum from 2001, and he attended once again in his capacity as chairman of the Cross-strait Common Market Fund. Siew had met with Chinese president Hu Jintaoin Bo'ao in 2001. However, his special status as the vice president-elect in 2008 made his attendance more significant, but also more controversial in Taiwan. His meeting with Hu Jintao was the highest level exchange between Taiwan and mainland China since the 2005 Pan-Blue visits to mainland China. The level of reception for Siew in Hainan was scaled accordingly and was equivalent to that reserved for Lien Chanin 2005. [ [http://news.chinatimes.com/2007Cti/2007Cti-Focus/2007Cti-Focus-Content/0,4518,9704110191+97041119+0+113940+0,00.html 赴博鰲論壇 蕭：我是來交朋友的] (Attending Bo'ao Forum; Siew says: I am here to make friends)]
On April 12, 2008, Vincent Siew met with
Hu Jintaoat the Bo'ao Asia Forum as part of the Cross-Strait Common Market Foundation delegation, which also included other former and future government officials and business leaders from Taiwan. At the meeting, Siew and Hu exchanged their optimism for cross-strait relations under the new Taiwanese leadership of Ma Ying-jeouand Vincent Siew. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7343945.stm BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Historic China-Taiwan talks held ] ] Hu asked Siew to convey his greetings to Ma Ying-jeou, Kuomintangchairman Wu Po-hsiungand chairman emeritus Lien Chan. Siew raised the issue of regular cross-strait flights and the resumption of regular talks between the two governments, propositions to which Hu expressed agreement.
Vice Presidency (2008- )
Siew, along with Ma, was sworn in on
May 20 2008in Taipei. [ [http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/05/20/asia/AS-GEN-Taiwan-New-President.php "Ma takes office in Taiwan, pledging to boost ties with China but rejecting unification"] , Associated Press ("International Herald Tribune"), May 20, 2008.]
One September 4, 2008, Siew embarked on his first overseas trip as Vice President, visiting
Swazilandfor a four days. Siew's trip aimed to cement further the ties between the two countries, and to celebrate King MswatiIII's fortieth birthday. Foreign Minister Francisco Ouaccompanied Siew on the trip. [ [http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/229739,taiwan-vice-president-heads-to-swaziland-to-cement-ties.html "Taiwan vice president heads to Swaziland to cement ties"] , Earth Times, Sep 4, 2008.]
Siew's constant smile has earned him the affectionate nickname "Smiling Siew" (微笑老蕭). [ [http://www.taipei.org/current/siew_e.htm] ]
Politics of the Republic of China
Elections in the Republic of China
History of the Republic of China
Administrative divisions of the Republic of China
* [http://www.asiaweek.com/asiaweek/97/1121/nat4.html An interview] : November 1997, by
* [http://blog.pixnet.net/vincentsiew Level up:Vincent's blog]
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