New British envoy in Taiwan to strengthen relations

World | 11 Jan 2021 3:03 pm

The new head of the British Office in Taipei John Dennis has officially assumed his post, the office announced on its Facebook page Monday.

Dennis arrived in Taipei in December and has completed his quarantine and self health management period, the Facebook post said, CNA reports.

"I'm delighted and honoured to be taking up position as the British Representative in Taiwan. It's a crucial role and, for me, the fulfillment of a long-held aspiration," Dennis was quoted as saying in the post about his new role.

The top British envoy in Taiwan said he arrived at a time when the United Kingdom is looking to strengthen further its relationships in the Asia Pacific region.

"With my expert and committed team I'm determined to seize the opportunities: further developing U.K.-Taiwan relations by building on our already powerful links in trade and investment, science and innovation, climate change, education and on shared values," he said.

Dennis also lauded Taiwan for its outstanding handling of the coronavirus, citing his personal experience of Taiwan's quarantine measures on arriving.

According to a biography printed on the U.K. government portal, Dennis joined the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office in 1981 and was the country's ambassador to Angola from 2014-2018.

He has had posts in China, India and Malaysia and was the U.K. minister and deputy head of mission in Beijing from 2003-2006.


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