David Lee (politician)

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David Lee Ta-wei
ROC Representative to Australia
Assumed office
1 January 2015
Preceded by Katharine Chang
ROC Representative to United States
In office
25 July 2004 – 10 April 2007
Preceded by Chen Chien-jen
Succeeded by Joseph Wu
Personal details
Born (1949-10-15) 15 October 1949 (age 69)
Nationality  Republic of China
Political party Kuomintang
Alma mater National Taiwan University
University of Virginia
Occupation Diplomat

David Lee Ta-wei (Chinese: 李大維; pinyin: Lǐ Dàwéi) (born 15 October 1949) is the head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Canada.[1][2] He was the former head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in Washington, DC, and, as such, was the de facto Taiwan ambassador to the United States.


  • 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)

Career timeline

  • 2007– 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


  • The Making of the Taiwan Relations Act: Twenty Years in Retropect. Oxford University Press, 2000
  • Taiwan in a Transformed World. (co-edited with Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr.) Brassey's Inc., 1995
  • The Legislative Process of the Taiwan Relations Act. Taipei, Feng Yuen Publication, 1988


  1. Canada and Taiwan hold no official relations due to the Canadian adherence to the One-China policy.
  2. "Dr. David Tawei Lee, Taiwan's Representative in Canada was voted one of the savviest diplomats in Ottawa". Ministry of Foreign Affairs.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Government offices
Preceded by
Chien-jen Chen
Head of TECRO
Succeeded by
Joseph Wu