Lin Chuan

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Lin Chuan
行政院院長林全 (cropped).jpg
Premier of the Republic of China
In office
20 May 2016 – 8 September 2017
President Tsai Ing-wen
Vice Premier Lin Hsi-yao
Preceded by Chang San-cheng
Succeeded by William Lai
Minister of Finance
In office
2 December 2002 – 25 January 2006
Premier Yu Shyi-kun
Frank Hsieh
Preceded by Lee Yung-san (zh)
Succeeded by Joseph Lyu (zh)
Minister of Budget, Accounting and Statistics
In office
20 May 2000 – 2 December 2002
Premier Tang Fei
Preceded by Wei Duan (zh)
Succeeded by Liu San-chi
Personal details
Born (1951-12-13) 13 December 1951 (age 65)
Zuoying, Taiwan
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Wu Pei-ling (m. 2002)
Children 2 daughters
Education Fu Jen Catholic University (BA)
National Chengchi University (MA)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (PhD)

Lin Chuan (Chinese: 林全; pinyin: Lín Quán) is a Taiwanese economist and politician who served as Premier of the Republic of China from 2016 to 2017 under President Tsai Ing-wen. He served as Minister of Budget, Accounting and Statistics and Minister of Finance during Chen Shui-bian's presidency.

Early life and education[edit]

Lin is of Mainland Chinese descent and was born in Kaohsiung on 13 December 1951.[1][2] 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 1984.[2]


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 2006.[3][4]

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 department.[5]

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 administration.[6] 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 administration.[7][8] In February 2016, Lin was chosen to lead a task force that explored the possibility of joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership.[9]

On 15 March 2016, president-elect Tsai named Lin premier.[2] He was confirmed by the Legislative Yuan soon after and took office on 20 May 2016. On 4 September 2017 he resigned as premier reportedly to bolster Tsai's declining popularity.[10] Shortly after stepping down, Lin was awarded the Order of Propitious Clouds.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Lin married Wu Pei-ling in September 2002 and has two daughters from a previous marriage.[1][12]


  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. ^ Hung, Faith (4 September 2017). "Taiwan premier resigns to help shore up president's falling popularity". Reuters. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  11. ^ Yeh, Sophia; Liu, Kuan-lin (15 September 2017). "President confers honors on former premier and cabinet members". Central News Agency. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  12. ^ 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.