Zhao Bingjun

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Zhao Bingjun
赵秉钧
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Premier of the Republic of China
In office
1912–1913
Preceded by Lou Tseng-Tsiang
Succeeded by Duan Qirui
Personal details
Born (1859-02-03)February 3, 1859
Died February 27, 1914(1914-02-27) (aged 55)

Zhao Bingjun (赵秉钧) (1859 – February 26, 1914) was the third premier of the Republic of China from 25 September 1912 to 1 May 1913. Zhao was previously a public security official during the Qing dynasty and became minister of the interior during the republic before becoming premier. He was directly implicated in the assassination of Song Jiaoren, the man most likely to be his successor. The murder was most likely ordered by the provisional president, Yuan Shikai, who was angry that Song wanted to fill the cabinet with Nationalists that would obstruct Yuan's policies. Zhao protested his and Yuan's innocence but resigned to protect Yuan's government. He was made governor of Zhili. Zhao was mysteriously poisoned in 1914, most likely by Yuan to prevent him from leaking more details of Song's death to the press.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Lou Tseng-Tsiang
Premier of the Republic of China
1912–1913
Succeeded by
Duan Qirui