Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Taiwan)

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Agency overview
Formed 1927
Jurisdiction  Republic of China
Headquarters Zhongzheng, Taipei
Ministers responsible
Parent agency Executive Yuan
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (MOFA; Chinese: 中華民國外交部; pinyin: Zhōnghuá Mínguó Wàijiāobù) is a cabinet level policy-making body, governed under the Executive Yuan of the Republic of China. The fundamental purpose of the ministry is to promote, expand, and conduct bilateral foreign affairs with other nations. It is in charge of interactions between the Republic of China and foreign countries except the People's Republic of China, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Mainland Affairs Council. The current Foreign Minister is David Lee.


MOFA is composed of the following departmental structures:[1]

Departmental Structure

  • Secretariat
  • Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
  • Department of West Asian and African Affairs
  • Department of European Affairs
  • Department of North American Affairs
  • Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs
  • Department of Treaty and Legal Affairs
  • Department of International Organizations
  • Department of International Cooperation and Economic Affairs
  • Department of International Information Services
  • Department of Policy Planning
  • Department of Protocol
  • Department of General Affairs
  • Department of Personnel
  • Department of Civil Service Ethics
  • Department of Accounting
  • Department of Archives, Information Management and Telecommunications
  • Public Diplomacy Coordination Council
  • Department of NGO International Affairs
  • The Office of Parliamentarian Affairs
  • Bureau of Consular Affairs
  • Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs
  • Association of East Asian Relations
  • Coordination Council for North American Affairs
  • Central Taiwan Office
  • Southern Taiwan Office
  • Eastern Taiwan Office
  • Southwestern Taiwan Office


According to statistics published by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics for Fiscal Year 2011, the budget for MOFA is equivalent to approx. 10.37% of the budget for the Ministry of National Defense (MND). The MND budget for 2011 has been announced to be US$ 9.2 billion. Hence, an estimated MOFA budget figure for Fiscal Year 2011 is US$ 954 million.

Diplomatic Relations

Embassy of the Republic of China for Vatican City.

The Republic of China has diplomatic relations with 22 countries.[2]


Central and South America



Republic of China Representative Offices Abroad

For countries that the Republic of China do not have formal diplomatic relations, these offices are refer to as Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representatives Office or Taipei Representative Offices.[3]

Foreign Missions in the Republic of China

  • Embassy of the Republic of Nauru
  • Embassy of Saint Christopher and Nevis
  • Embassy of Burkina Faso
  • Embassy of the Republic of El Salvador
  • Embassy of Belize
  • Embassy of the Republic of Palau
  • Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • Embassy of the Republic of Honduras
  • Embassy of the Soloman Islands
  • Embassy of the Republic of Paraguay
  • Embassy of Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Embassy of the Republic of Panama
  • Embassy of the Dominican Republic
  • Embassy of the Kingdom of Swaziland
  • Embassy of Vatican City



The MOFA building is accessible by NTU Hospital Station of the Taipei Metro on the Red Line.

See also


  1. "Issue". 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  2. "Issue". 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  3. "Issue". 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 

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