Simon Ko

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Simon Ko
Ko Shen-yeaw
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ROC Representative to Spain
Assumed office
19 January 2016
Preceded by Hou Ching-shan[1]
Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of China
In office
1 September 2012 – 19 January 2016
Serving with Joseph Shih
Andrew Kao
Minister David Lin
Vice Vanessa Shih
Vice Foreign Minister of the Republic of China
In office
January 2012 – 1 September 2012
Minister Timothy Yang
ROC Ambassador to Panama
In office
October 2008 – December 2011
ROC Representative to Colombia
In office
August 2002 – October 2006
Personal details
Nationality  Republic of China
Alma mater National Chengchi University

Simon Ko or Ko Shen-yeaw (Chinese: 柯森耀; pinyin: Kē Sēnyào) is a politician in the Republic of China, who is currently ROC Representative to Spain.[2] He previously served as the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of China from 1 September 2012.[3][4]

Early life

He then obtained his bachelor's and master's degree in diplomacy and public administration from National Chengchi University in 1975 and 1978 respectively. He studied Spanish at the Spanish Language School in San José, Costa Rica in 1979-1981.[5]

ROC Foreign Affairs Deputy Ministry

ROC-Honduras diplomatic relations

In early July 2013, Ko said that his recent trip to Honduras is just another normal regular trip to one of ROC allies, which includes inspecting ROC embassy in that country, dismissing that Honduras might switch diplomatic relations from ROC to PRC due to the reluctance of ROC in giving extra grant to the country. However, Ko added that the ROC Ministry of Foreign Affairs will not mind for Honduras to have "unofficial" non-political relation with the PRC as long as the move doesn't affect the diplomatic relation with ROC.[6]

Gambia diplomatic relation switch from ROC to PRC

Commenting on the decision made by Gambia to switch diplomatic relations from ROC to PRC on 14 November 2013, Ko said that the ROC government felt shock and regret at the move, in which it made ROC being recognized by only 22 countries around the world, in which most of them are developing nations. The move came in despite recent visit by President Ma Ying-jeou to the resource-poor nation in 2012 and also the USD 22 million fund donated to the nation for the construction of 42 km of road linking the western part of the country to the capital Banjul.[7][8]

See also


  2. Taiwán designa nuevo representante en España, Oficina Económica y Cultural de Taipei en México, 19 January 2016
  3. "Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan) 中華民國外交部". Retrieved 2014-05-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Wu set for Dominican presidential inauguration". Taiwan Today. 2012-07-08. Retrieved 2014-05-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Visit to Honduras nothing to do with saving ties: deputy foreign minister". The China Post. Retrieved 2013-08-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Gambia breaks off diplomatic ties with Taiwan". The China Post. Retrieved 2014-05-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "冈比亚宣布与台湾断交 20131115". YouTube. 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2014-05-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>