Ambassador Hsiao Bi-khim assumed her position as Taiwan’s Representative to the United
States in July 2020, after serving as a senior advisor to the president at the National Security
Council of Taiwan. Representative Hsiao previously served four terms in the Taiwan Legislature,
www.globaltaiwan.org 5 representing overseas citizens for the first term, and then the
constituents of Taipei City and Hualien County through different terms. For many years she was
ranking member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and previously the chair of the
USA Caucus in the Legislative Yuan. She began her political career serving as director of the
Democratic Progressive Party International Affairs Department. After Taiwan’s first democratic
change of government in 2000, she became an advisor in the Office of the President and was
international spokesperson for all DPP presidential elections between 2000 and 2012.
Representative Hsiao has taken on numerous leadership roles in international organizations. She
was the chair of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD), an organization
representing Asian democratic political parties. Between 2005 and 2012, she was elected vice
president on the Bureau of Liberal International (LI), a London-based global political party
organization. She is also a founding board member of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy.
Born in Kobe, Japan, Representative Hsiao grew up in Tainan, a city in southern Taiwan. She
has an MA in political science from Columbia University in New York and a BA in East Asian
studies from Oberlin College, Ohio.