Mr. Vincent Chin Hsiang Yao has been appointed as Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Seattle since August 2016. He arrived in Seattle to take his office on September 16, 2016.
In his current position, Mr. Yao has been supervising TECO in Seattle’s work on broadening and deepening Taiwan’s diversified relations with the United States’ Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming) and the State of Alaska. His office is also responsible for consular affairs and taking care of the Taiwanese communities in these six states.
Prior to his current post, Mr. Yao was Deputy Director General of the Department of North American Affairs of the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of China (Taiwan). There he helped designed and implemented Taiwan’s policies toward the U.S.
Mr. Yao has been a Foreign Service Officer since 1993. He first served in the R.O.C. Foreign Ministry as a North American Affairs officer. Then he was posted to Washington, D.C. for the first time in December 1997. He worked in Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the U.S. as a political officer for five and a half years. In July 2003, he returned to Taipei, where he was designated as Chief of Political Section of the Department of North American Affairs of the Foreign Ministry. Due to his hard work and remarkable performance, Mr. Yao was granted the 2005 Ministry of Foreign Affairs Outstanding Service Award.
In January 2007, Mr. Yao was promoted to Assistant Director General for North American Affairs and supervised dialogues and exchanges between Taiwan and the U.S. in political and economic fields.
Mr. Yao returned to TECRO in the U.S. in January 2008 and served as Deputy Political Director, in which he supervised TECRO’s communications with both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party, major think tanks, foreign embassies and international organizations in Washington, D.C. area.
With his extensive experience in Taiwan-U.S. relationship, Mr. Yao returned to Taipei in mid-2013 and was soon recruited to the National Security Council (NSC) to serve as Senior Assistant to the Secretary General of the NSC. He left the NSC in April 2015 and was soon appointed as the Deputy Director General for North American Affairs, Foreign Ministry.
Born in Keelung City, Taiwan Mr. Yao was a lieutenant of the R.O.C. Marine Corps from 1989 to1991. He received his B.A. degree (1989) and M.A. degree (1994), in International Relations, from the National Cheng-chi University (Taiwan). He attended a diplomats’ training program at Oxford University (U.K.) from 1994 to 1995. He was a senior executive fellow at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University in 2005 and a senior fellow at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) of PACOM in 2014.
Mr. Yao currently lives with his wife, Frances, and son, Sean, in Somerset Village, Bellevue, Washington State.