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An Introduction of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New Zealand

The Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan is situated in the Pacific Ocean about 160 km off the southeastern coast of the Chinese mainland with a population of 23 million. The ROC is a multi-party, fully-fledged democratic country with all public officials from president to county magistrates directly elected by the people in Taiwan. Currently, Taiwan is New Zealand's 10th largest export market, 15th largest import market, and 12th largest trading partner.

The ROC established full diplomatic ties with New Zealand in 1961. However, on December 22, 1972, the New Zealand government switched recognition to the People's Republic of China. To maintain trade relations between Taiwan and New Zealand, the ROC government established the East Asian Trade Center in Auckland in May 1973. This office was moved to Wellington and the name was changed to Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in November 1991.

TECO in New Zealand represents the Republic of China on Taiwan. It has the same function as an embassy except the name. It serves and protects the interests and welfare of Taiwanese in New Zealand. It also promotes economic, trade, cultural, educational, scientific, financial, and other exchanges and cooperation between Taiwan and New Zealand.

Representative: Bill Keh-Ming Chen (Curriculum Vitae)