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Lin Chuan

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Lin Chuan Chinese: 林全; pinyin: Lín Quán is a Taiwanese economist and politician and the current Premier of the Republic of China He served as Minister of Budget, Accounting and Statistics and Minister of Finance during Chen Shui-bian's presidency


  • 1 Early life and education
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 References

Early life and educationedit

Lin is of Mainland Chinese descent and was born in Kaohsiung on 13 December 195112 He graduated from Fu Jen Catholic University with a bachelor's degree in economics in 1974 before earning a master's in public finance from National Chengchi University in 1978 Lin returned to the study of economics in the United States, obtaining his doctorate in the subject at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 19842


He served as the Minister of the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics of the Executive Yuan from 2000 to 2002 and Minister of Finance from 2002 to 200634

After stepping down as finance minister in 2006, Lin served on the board of multiple companies and led two think tanks He also served within Taipei City Government as head of the city's finance department5

Following Tsai Ing-wen's victory in the 2016 presidential election, Lin was selected as a co-convener of Tsai's transition team set up to manage the transfer of power from the outgoing Ma Ying-jeou administration6 Soon after his appointment to the transition team, Lin became the subject of national media speculation linking him to several government posts within the Tsai administration78 In February 2016, Lin was chosen to lead a task force that explored the possibility of joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership9

On 15 March 2016, president-elect Tsai Ing-wen named Lin premier2 He was confirmed by the Legislative Yuan soon after and took office on 20 May 2016

Personal lifeedit

Lin married Wu Pei-ling in September 2002 and has two daughters from a previous marriage110


  1. ^ a b Huang, Joyce 1 December 2002 "Newsmakers: Finance minister steps into hot seat" Taipei Times Retrieved 11 December 2016 
  2. ^ a b c "Tsai names Lin Chuan as her premier" Taipei Times 16 March 2016 Retrieved 16 March 2016 
  3. ^ Dean, Jason 28 November 2002 "Taiwan Selects Lin Chuan As New Finance Minister" Wall Street Journal Retrieved 3 February 2016 
  4. ^ Lin, Jackie 19 January 2006 "Lin Chuan plans to retire after Cabinet shuffle" Taipei Times Retrieved 4 February 2016 
  5. ^ Tai, Ya-chen; Chen, Christie 15 March 2016 "Lin Chuan named premier of new government update" Central News Agency Retrieved 15 March 2016 
  6. ^ "Make-up of DPP transition team fuels speculation about top jobs" Focus Taiwan Central News Agency 1 February 2016 Retrieved 2 February 2016 
  7. ^ "Speculation of Tsai’s pick for premier grows" Taipei Times 3 February 2016 Retrieved 3 February 2016 
  8. ^ Loa, Lok-sin 4 February 2016 "Tsai mum on speculation over Lin" Taipei Times Retrieved 4 February 2016 
  9. ^ Loa, Lok-sin 25 February 2016 "Lin Chuan to head TPP task force: Tsai Ing-wen" Taipei Times Retrieved 25 February 2016 
  10. ^ Yeh, Sophia; Tai, Ya-chen; Wu, Lilian 15 March 2016 "Profile of premier-designate Lin Chuan" Central News Agency Archived from the original on 21 March 2016 Retrieved 15 March 2016 
Political offices
Preceded by
Wei Duan
Minister of Budget, Accounting and Statistics
Succeeded by
Liu San-chi
Preceded by
Lee Yung-san
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Joseph Lyu
Preceded by
Chang San-cheng
Premier of the Republic of China

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