A Message from the Director General

Working Together, Moving Forward

Dear friends in Southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico,

My name is Abraham Chu and I am very excited to move to Los Angeles and serve as the new Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles (TECO-LA). I was most recently the Ambassador to Kiribati and have previously held positions with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ (MOFA) offices in New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden, and Kiribati. From 2004 to 2006, I had the opportunity to serve in the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami. I hope to meet as many of you, as it is truly humbling to be loved and supported by many friends throughout my career. With your generous guidance and advice, I promise to do my best to serve everyone.

Today, out of the more than one billion Chinese-speaking people living around the world, Taiwan is the only Chinese-speaking nation where its people can democratically elect their own leaders. Although our political parties may at times be in gridlocks, we are free from fear. We do not fear being put behind bars because of our political stance, and we do not fear suddenly disappearing for practicing our religions. Instead of having fear, we have pride and honor. This is why we value our hard-fought democracy and freedom.

In my three decades of service, I have faced many challenges and setbacks. Diplomacy in today’s fast moving, ever-changing environment is complex. But if we take a step back, diplomacy, to a certain extent, is really the art of making friends. The more friendships we establish in the international community, the more we can safeguard our nation’s security, promote our interests, and maintain the well-being of our people. Under the leadership of previous Director Generals and staff in the office, TECO-LA has established strong bonds with the political, business, and academic communities in Southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Taiwan and these three states have mutually benefited in business, education, culture, science and technology, and security. With such solid foundations, I will continue to strengthen these relationships.

I sincerely look forward to working with everyone, and once again I urge all of you to offer your guidance and support. Together, we can strengthen Taiwan’s presence and influence in the international community.