Chang Chun-hsiung

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Chang Chun-hsiung
2007TaipeiITF Opening Chun-hsiung Chang.jpg
Premier of the Republic of China
In office
21 May 2007 – 20 May 2008
Deputy Chiou I-jen
Preceded by Su Tseng-chang
Succeeded by Liu Chao-shiuan
In office
6 October 2000 – 1 February 2002
Deputy Lai In-jaw
Preceded by Tang Fei
Succeeded by Yu Shyi-kun
Vice Premier of the Republic of China
In office
6 May 2008 – 20 May 2008
Preceded by Chiou I-jen
Succeeded by Paul Chiu
In office
27 July 2000 – 6 October 2000
Premier Tang Fei
Preceded by Yu Shyi-kun
Succeeded by Lai In-jaw
Chairman of the Strait Exchange Foundation
In office
10 June 2005 – 21 May 2007
Preceded by Koo Chen-fu
Johnnason Liu (acting)
Succeeded by Hung Chi-chang
Secretary-General of the Democratic Progressive Party
In office
20 March 2002 – 1 February 2005
Chairperson Chen Shui-bian
Preceded by Wu Nai-ren
Succeeded by Lee I-yang
Personal details
Born (1938-03-23) 23 March 1938 (age 78)
Kagi City, Tainan Prefecture, Japanese Taiwan (present-day Chiayi City, Chiayi County, Taiwan)
Nationality Taiwan
Political party Democratic Progressive Party
Spouse(s) Hsu Jui-ying (div)
Chu A-ying

Chang Chun-hsiung (traditional Chinese: 張俊雄; simplified Chinese: 张俊雄; pinyin: Zhāng Jùnxióng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tiuⁿ Chùn-hiông), born March 23, 1938 is a Taiwanese politician. He is a former Premier of the Republic of China. Chang was appointed to two separate terms as Premier, both under Chen Shui-bian. His appointment by then-President Chen in 2000 marked the first time a Democratic Progressive Party member occupied the premiership.[1]

As a founding member of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), he was a member of its Central Committee and Executive Member of its Central Standing Committee from 1986 to 2000.

Early life[edit]

Chang was born in 1938 in the city of Kagi (present-day Chiayi) when Taiwan (then Formosa) was still a colony of Japan. He earned his LL.B. at the National Taiwan University in 1960. As a lawyer, he defended the victims of the Kaohsiung Incident in 1980. From 1982 to 1986 he was President of the Kaohsiung Chapter of the YMCA.

Political career[edit]

He was a member of the Legislative Yuan from 1983 to 2000. As a legislator, he was Executive Director and General Convener of the DPP Caucus from 1987 to 1988, 1990, and 1998 to 1999. He was Convener of the Judiciary Committee in 1991, of the Home and Border Affairs Committee in 92, and of the Transportation and Communications Committee in 95.

In 1994, Chang stood as the Democratic Progressive Party cadidate to run for the mayor of Kaohsiung, but was defeated by the Kuomintang incumbent Wu Den-yih.

In the 2000 presidential election he was General Manager of Chen Shui-bian's Campaign. In the Chen Administration, he served as Secretary-General of the Office of the President in 2000, Vice Premier of the ROC in 2000 and Premier of the Republic of China from October 6, 2000 to February 1, 2002.

Since 2002, he has been Secretary General of the Democratic Progressive Party and a Senior Adviser in the Office of the President.

He ran in the 2004 Legislative Yuan election as fourth on the DPP's nationwide slate and was easily elected but resigned (as he promised to do during the campaign) since the Pan-Green Coalition failed to win a majority. He also tendered his resignation as Secretary-General of the Democratic Progressive Party to take responsibility for the defeat.

Chang was appointed as the chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation in 2005 after the death of the former chairman Koo Chen-fu.With the resignation of Su Tseng-chang as Premier on May 12, 2007, President Chen Shui-bian nominated Chang to fill the post of Premier a second time effective May 21, and Hung Chi-chang succeeded Chang as the chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation. Su's resignation and Chang's second appointment as Premier marked the sixth premier that Chen Shui-bian has appointed during his two terms as President.[2]

Family life[edit]

Chang maintained a long-term marriage-like relationship with a paramour while remaining legally married to his first wife, Hsu Jui-ying. After his first term as Premier, he and his first wife got a divorce, and in 2007 he married his paramour (Chu A-ying) as his second wife.[3][4] He and his first wife Hsu Jui-ying have 3 sons and 1 daughter.


Government offices
Preceded by
Tang Fei
Premier of the Republic of China
Succeeded by
Yu Shyi-kun
Preceded by
Koo Chen-fu
President of the Straits Exchange Foundation
Succeeded by
Hung Chi-chang
Preceded by
Su Tseng-chang
Premier of the Republic of China
Succeeded by
Liu Chao-hsiuan