|President of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits|
3 June 2008 – 26 April 2013
|Preceded by||Vacant, Wang Daohan (2005)|
|Succeeded by||Chen Deming|
Heishan, Liaoning, Republic of China
|Nationality||People's Republic of China|
|Political party||Communist Party|
Chen Yunlin (Chinese: 陈云林; pinyin: Chén Yúnlín; born December 1941) was the chairman of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), the body responsible for negotiations with Taiwan in the People's Republic of China in 2008-2013.
Chen was born in 1941 in Heishan, Liaoning. He joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1966. A chemist by training, Chen served in various roles in the government of Heilongjiang, becoming deputy governor in 1987. In 1994, he was appointed to the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, becoming its head in 1997. In 2008, due to the resumption of talks with Taiwan following the election of Ma Ying-jeou, Chen Yun-lin became the second head of ARATS.
Though nominally a private body, ARATS is directly led by the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council. Chen's new office at ARATS is in the same building complex as his old office at the Taiwan Affairs Office. The ARATS is the body directly responsible for negotiating with the Strait Exchange Foundation (SEF), its counterpart in Taiwan, which is correspondingly directly led by the Mainland Affairs Council of the Executive Yuan.
Visit to Taiwan
On November 4, 2008, Chen met with his Taiwanese counterpart at the Second Chen-Chiang summit. Chiang Pin-kung, head of Taiwan's SEF. It was the first ever meeting between ARATS and SEF leaders in Taiwan. The meeting lasted from November 3 to 7 in Taipei. The 5-day visit was the highest level meeting between the KMT and the CPC in six decades. Another visit to Taiwan was followed on December 21, 2009.
This controversial visit triggered an important social movement called the Wild Strawberry student movement.
- Sina "Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou meets ARATS chief" Retrieved on November 9, 2008.
- China Daily. "SEF releases schedule of mainland delegation's trip to Taiwan" (November 2, 2008) Retrieved on November 9, 2008.
- Etaiwannews.com. "China envoy arrives amid civilized Taiwanese protests." Retrieved on November 9, 2008.
|President of ARATS