Mr. Raymond F. Burghardt
Chairman of the board, American Institute in Taiwan
1627 Kalaniuka Way
Honolulu, Hawaii 96821-1209
Raymond Burghardt has served since February 2006 as Chairman of
the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the organization established by
Congress in 1979 to manage U.S. relations with Taiwan in the absence
of formal diplomatic ties.
Secretary of State Rice named him to the AIT chairmanship. The Obama
Administration asked him to continue in that position. As Chairman of
AIT's Washington-based headquarters, Burghardt represents the
Administration in periodic visits to Taiwan, participates in the U.S.
Government's policy decisions concerning Taiwan, and meets with the
high-level Taiwan officials when they visit the United States.
For many years Burghardt was one of the leading Asian specialists in
the US Foreign Service. He was the Ambassador to Vietnam from
2001 – 2004 and Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT)
in Taipei from 1999-2001. He previously served as Consul General in
Shanghai, as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassies in Manila
and Seoul, and as Political Counselor in Beijing. He was Special
Assistant to President Reagan for Latin American Affairs.