Liu Shih-chung is the Taiwan Representative to Hungary.
Mr. Liu assumes the responsibility as Taiwan Representative to Hungary in September 2020 after being appointed by President Tsai Ing-wen. Mr. Liu was the Vice Chairman of Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) before taking up the new assignment to Budapest. Mr. Liu held numerous positions in institutions such as the Cross-strait Prospect Foundation, the Taiwan Asia Exchange Foundation, as well as an advisor to the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) and the Strait Exchange Foundation (SEF) in Taiwan.
Mr. Liu also worked at the Tainan City Government in January 2015 as Deputy Secretary-general to Mayor Lai Chin-te, who now is Taiwan’s Vice President. His past working experiences also include: President and CEO of the Taipei-based think tank the Taiwan Brain Trust, the director of International Affairs Department of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). From September 2008 to December 2009, Mr. Liu was a visiting fellow at the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies of the Washington-based Brookings Institution.
Mr. Liu spent eight years in the DPP government as a senior foreign policy adviser to former President Chen Shui-bian in the Presidential Office from 2000 to 2006 and then joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the Vice Chairman of Research and Planning Committee from 2006 to 2008.
Mr. Liu published a book entitled “History Entangled: Strategic Convergence and Divergence of U.S.-Taiwan Relation (2000-2008)” and co-authored a book entitled “Democratic Consolidation: National Security Challenges to the Transitions”.
Mr. Liu has been a frequent editorial contributor and political columnist for the Taipei Times, the Taiwan News and other media in the past decades. His research covers the fields of Taiwan’s domestic politics and foreign policy, cross-strait relations, US-Taiwan relations and Asian security, politics and economics, Taiwan’s economic and trade strategy and Taiwan-EU relations.
Mr. Liu earned his M.A. from the Department of Political Science at Columbia University.