Order of Brilliant Star

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Order of Brilliant Star 景星勳章
景星勳章.jpg
Order of the Brilliant Star cordon, badge, star, medal and lapel pin
Awarded by
Commander-in-Chief Flag of the Republic of China.svg
President of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
Country Republic of China
TypeMedal with or without cordon
EligibilityCivilian, either foreign or ROC national
Statusactive
Statistics
Established12 February 1941
Precedence
Next (higher)Order of Chiang Chung-Cheng
EquivalentOrder of Propitious Clouds

Order of Brilliant Star (traditional Chinese: 景星勳章; simplified Chinese: 景星勋章; pinyin: Jǐng xīng xūnzhāng) is a civilian order of the Republic of China recognizing outstanding contributions to the development of the nation. The order is instituted in 1941 and can be awarded to both domestic and foreign nationals.[1]

Order medal and ranks[edit]

The centre of the medal is a five-pointed star in token of virtue.[1] The name 'Brilliant Star' came from the ancient book of Records of the Grand Historian (史記) which says "The Brilliant Stars, which differs in appearance from time to time, shine upon the nations of the righteous."

There are nine ranks within the order according to the Article of Decorations of the Republic of China. First rank should be awarded by the President of Republic of China.[2]

The third class of The Order of the Brilliant Star of Taiwan conferred on President Havel


Recipients[edit]

First Rank[edit]

 Republic of China Nationals[edit]

Date Awarded Recipient Service Awarded For
17 December 2015 Pai Hsien-yung
17 December 2015 Yu Guangzhong
5 October 2012 Tseng Yung-chuan Secretary-General of the Presidential Office
24 February 2012 Wu Jin-lin Secretary-General of the Presidential Office
17 February 2012 Sean Chen Vice premier of the Republic of China
31 January 2011 Liao Liou-yi Secretary-General of the Presidential Office
9 November 2010 Hsieh Tsai-chuan
15 September 2009 Paul Chiu Vice premier of the Republic of China
15 September 2009 Chan Chun-po Secretary-General of the Presidential Office
16 July 2009 Chiu Hong-Da
7 May 2008 Mark Chen Secretary-General of the Presidential Office
20 May 2007 Lee Jye Minister of National Defence
16 February 2006 Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi SJ Roman Catholic Cardinal of Taiwan
27 January 2006 Wu Rong-i Vice premier of the Republic of China
2 March 2005 Su Tseng-chang President of the Executive Yuan
2 March 2005 Yeh Chu-lan Vice premier of the Republic of China
19 May 2004 Kang Ning-hsiang Secretary-General of National Security Council
19 May 2004 Chiou I-jen Secretary-General of the Presidential Office
18 May 2004 Tang Yao-ming Minister of National Defence
18 May 2004 Lin Hsin-i Vice premier of the Republic of China
25 September 2003 Lee Ming-liang Head of Department of Health
30 January 2003 Chen Shimeng Secretary-General of the Presidential Office
4 February 2002 Lai In-jaw Vice premier of the Republic of China
31 January 2002 Yu Shyi-kun Premier of the Republic of China
6 September 2001 Chuang Ming-yao Secretary-General of National Security Council
16 May 2000 Yin Tsung-wen Secretary-General of National Security Council
16 May 2000 Liu Chao-shiuan Vice premier of the Republic of China
2000 Lin Rong-San
3 August 1996 Wu Po-hsiung Secretary-General of the Presidential Office
27 December 1994 Kwoh-Ting Li Minister of Finance & Minister of Economic Affairs
16 April 1994 Chiang Wei-kuo Secretary-General of National Security Council
2 March 1993 Ta-You Wu President of Academia Sinica
July 1978 Yu Kuo-hwa Premier of the Republic of China
1961 Jack C. K. Teng Chairman of Chinese National Olympic Committee (Now Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee)
10 October 1945 Chu Chia-Hua Deputy President of Academia Sinica
1944 Chen Li-Fu Senior Advisor of State
1944 Zhang Qun Premier of the Republic of China
1 January 1944 Zhang Boling President and founder of Nankai University

Foreign Nationals[edit]

Date Awarded Recipient Service Awarded For
1 September 2015 Ed Royce (2nd time) Chairman of the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs[3][4]
12 June 2017 Reinaldo Pared Pérez Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Dominican Republic[5]
7 April 2016 Paul Fitzpatrick Russell Apostolic Nuncio to the Republic of China[6]
15 September 2015 Juan Afara Vice President of Paraguay[7]
15 September 2015 Hugo A. Velazquez Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of Paraguay[8]
31 July 2015 Manuel Salvador dos Ramos Minister of Foreign Affairs (São Tomé and Príncipe)[9]
31 July 2015 Frederic Laplanche head of the European Economic and Trade Office in Taipei[10]
26 July 2015 Philip Kabua Marshall Islands Ambassador to the Republic of China[11]
9 July 2015 Caroline Vermeulen Director of the Belgian Office in Taipei[12]
15 April 2015 Christopher J. Marut Director of the American Institute in Taiwan[13]
15 April 2015 Calvin Eu Head Trade Representative of the Singapore Trade Office in Taipei[14]
13 March 2015 Ed Royce Chairman of the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs[15]
17 July 2012 William Stanton Chairman of American Institute in Taiwan[16]
11 October 2011 Donald Rumsfeld Former U.S. Secretary of Defense[17]
3 June 2008 Julio Guillermo González Gamarra President of Central American Parliament
19 May 2008 Shintaro Ishihara Governor of Tokyo
15 April 2008 Chikage Oogi President of Japanese House of Councillors
22 November 2006 Yoshirō Mori Former Prime Minister of Japan
23 November 2004 Václav Havel Former President of the Czech Republic
May 2000 Per Ahlmark Support for democratization of Taiwan[18]
23 October 1969 Mai Mai Gana Nigerian state inspector[19]
23 October 1969 Mouddou Zakara Nigerian Minister of Telecommunications[19]
May 1960 Archie Lochhead President of Universal Trading Corporation

Second Rank[edit]

 Republic of China Nationals[edit]

Date Awarded Recipient Service Awarded For
6 May 2016 Shen Lyu-shun ROC Representative to the United States[20]
6 May 2016 David Lin Minister of Foreign Affairs[20]
1 March 2016 Bruce Cheng Long-term and outstanding contributions to the country in terms of technology development, industrial upgrading and talent cultivation.
2 May 2006 Ang Lee Outstanding service in film directing. The Presidential Office announced that Ang Lee will be honoured First Rank OBS in 2013.[21]
23 March 1966 Yu-Tang Daniel Lew Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Foreign Nationals[edit]

Date Awarded Recipient Service Awarded For
21 December 2015 David Alexander
21 December 2015 Etienne Georges Beauregard
21 December 2015 Andres Diaz de Rabago
21 December 2015 Daniel Freeman
21 December 2015 Theresa Kastner
21 December 2015 Gian Carlo Michelini
21 December 2015 Yves Moal
21 December 2015 Brendan O'Connell
21 December 2015 Antoine Pierrot
21 December 2015 Giovanni Rizz
21 December 2015 Juanelva Rose
21 December 2015 Miljenka Schnetzer
1970 Ta-Chung Liu Economist
1961 Tomás Gabriel Duque

Reference list[edit]

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  2. ^ Article of Decorations. Taipei, Taiwan: Ministry of Justice. 1981.
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  7. ^ Hsieh, Chia-chen; Huang, Romulo (8 October 2015). "President Ma bestows honor on Paraguayan vice president". Central News Agency. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
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  10. ^ Hou, Elaine (31 July 2015). "Outgoing top EU envoy in Taiwan honored for efforts to promote ties". Central News Agency. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
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  12. ^ Tang, Pei-chun; Huang, Romulo (9 July 2015). "Belgian representative in Taiwan decorated". Central News Agency. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
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  14. ^ Huang, Kelven; Hou, Elaine (15 April 2015). "President confers medal on Singapore's outgoing envoy to Taiwan". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  15. ^ Huang, Kelven; Hou, Elaine (13 March 2015). "President confers medal on U.S. congressman for supporting Taiwan". Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  16. ^ "Ma lauds AIT head Stanton for plans to stay on in Taiwan". Taipei Times. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  17. ^ "President Ma presents Order of Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon to former US Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld". Mainland Affairs Council, Republic of China (Taiwan). 11 October 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  18. ^ "Personnytt: Utmärkelse", Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish), 4 May 2000
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