Lin Chuan

Lin Chuan (Chinese: 林全; pinyin: Lín Quán; Wade–Giles: Lin² Chʻüan²; born 13 December 1951) 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.

Lin Chuan
48th Premier of the Republic of China
In office
20 May 2016  8 September 2017
PresidentTsai Ing-wen
Vice PremierLin Hsi-yao
Preceded byChang San-cheng
Succeeded byWilliam Lai
Minister of Finance
In office
2 December 2002  25 January 2006
PremierYu Shyi-kun
Frank Hsieh
Preceded byLee Yung-san [zh]
Succeeded byJoseph Lyu
Minister of Budget, Accounting and Statistics
In office
20 May 2000  2 December 2002
PremierTang Fei
Preceded byWei Duan [zh]
Succeeded byLiu San-chi
Personal details
Born (1951-12-13) 13 December 1951 (age 69)
Zuoying, Taiwan
Political partyIndependent
Wu Pei-ling
(m. 2002)
Children2 daughters
EducationFu Jen Catholic University (BA)
National Chengchi University (MA)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (PhD)

Early life and education

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 [zh].[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]

On 15 January 2018, Lin Chuan took over the Chairman of TTY Biopharm Company Limited .[12]

Personal life

Lin married Wu Pei-ling in September 2002 and has two daughters from a previous marriage.[1][13]


  1. Huang, Joyce (1 December 2002). "Newsmakers: Finance minister steps into hot seat". Taipei Times. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  2. "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. taipeitimes Wed, Jan 17, 2018 - Page 12 News List Lin Chuan clarifies his role at TTY Biopharm Co
  13. Yeh, Sophia; Tai, Ya-chen; Wu, Lilian (15 March 2016). "Profile of premier-designate Lin Chuan". Central News Agency. Archived from the original on 17 March 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016. Alt URL