Chang San-cheng

Chang San-cheng or Simon Chang[1] (Chinese: 張善政; pinyin: Zhāng Shànzhèng) (born 24 June[citation needed] 1954) is a Taiwanese politician who was Premier of the Republic of China from 1 February 2016 until 20 May 2016, appointed by President Ma Ying-jeou.[2] Before assuming the Premiership, he had served as Vice Premier from 8 December 2014.[3][4][5][6] Chang is the first nonpartisan Premier of the Republic of China.

Simon Chang
Chang San-cheng
Premier of the Republic of China
In office
1 February 2016 – 20 May 2016
Acting: 18 January 2016 – 1 February 2016
PresidentMa Ying-jeou
Vice PremierWoody Duh
Preceded byMao Chi-kuo
Succeeded byLin Chuan
Vice Premier of the Republic of China
In office
7 December 2014 – 1 February 2016
PremierMao Chi-kuo
Preceded byMao Chi-kuo
Succeeded byWoody Duh
Minister of Science and Technology
In office
3 March 2014 – 7 December 2014
PremierJiang Yi-huah
DeputyLin Yi-bing
Preceded byCyrus Chu (National Science Council)
Succeeded byLin Yi-bing (Acting)
Minister without Portfolio
In office
6 February 2012 – 2 March 2014
PremierSean Chen
Jiang Yi-huah
Succeeded byChiang Been-huang
Personal details
Born (1954-06-24) 24 June 1954 (age 66)
[citation needed]
NationalityRepublic of China
Political partyIndependent
Alma materNational Taiwan University
Stanford University
Cornell University
Chang at Taipei IT Month

Chang began an independent campaign for the 2020 Taiwanese presidential election, then suspended his run to join the Kuomintang ticket, headed by Han Kuo-yu. The pair lost to incumbent president Tsai Ing-wen and her running mate William Lai.


Chang earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from National Taiwan University in 1976. In 1977, he finished his master's degree in civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University. In 1981, He received a doctoral degree in civil and environmental engineering from Cornell University.[7]

Early careerEdit

Upon graduation, Chang returned to Taiwan to serve as a lecturer, associate professor and finally, professor in the Department of Civil Engineering of National Taiwan University from 1981 to 1990. He was the Director for National Center for High-Performance Computing from 1991 to 1997. From 1998 to 2000, he was the Director of the Department of Planning and Evaluation of National Science Council. Between 2000 and 2010, he worked for Acer Inc. as Vice President of the e-Enabling Service Business Group, and between 2010 and 2012, he worked for Google as the Director of Google's hardware operations in Asia.[8]

Political careerEdit

Chang was appointed as a Minister without Portfolio of the Executive Yuan in 2012. On March 3, 2014, the National Science Council was upgraded to the Ministry of Science and Technology, and Chang served as its first minister. On December 8, 2014, at a reformation of the Executive Yuan after the ruling Kuomintang lost the local elections, Chang became the Vice Premier. On January 16, 2016 after the defeat of the KMT, President Ma appointed Chang as the Premier to serve the remain four months during the period of transition of power, Chang became the first nonpartisan Premier of the Republic of China.

2020 presidential campaignEdit

Chang announced his independent candidacy for the 2020 Taiwan presidential election on 17 February 2019.[9] Chang later joined the presidential campaign of Kuomintang candidate Han Kuo-yu as an adviser without halting his own campaign.[10][11] In August 2019, Han formed a national policy advisory group headed by Chang.[12] Chang's selection as the Kuomintang's 2020 Taiwan presidential election vice presidential candidate was announced on 11 November 2019.[13][14]

e • d 
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
President Vice president
  Democratic Progressive Party Tsai Ing-wen William Lai 8,170,231 57.13%
  Kuomintang Han Kuo-yu Chang San-cheng 5,522,119 38.61%
  People First Party James Soong Sandra Yu 608,590 4.26%
Total 14,300,940 100%
Valid votes 14,300,940 98.87%
Invalid votes 163,631 1.13%
Votes cast / turnout 14,464,571 74.90%
Eligible voters 19,311,105

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Cabinet secretary-general to head MOI". The China Post. 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
  2. ^ "Vice Premier Chang San-cheng to assume premiership". Executive Yuan. 25 January 2016. Archived from the original on 31 January 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan)-Executive Yuan Officials". Retrieved 2014-04-23.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2014-02-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Exclusive Interview with Chang San-cheng, Minister without Portfolio, Executive Yuan". 2012-03-26. Archived from the original on 2014-12-09. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
  6. ^ to 1 February 2016 "Premier picks new ministers in reshuffle". Taipei Times. 2014-04-16. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
  7. ^ "Chang San-cheng named Minister of Science and Technology(Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan)-Press Releases)". 2014-02-26. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
  8. ^ 2.16.886.101.20003 (1 December 2011). "行政院全球資訊網". maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ Lee, Hsin-fang (17 February 2019). "Former premier Simon Chang seeks 2020 presidential run as independent". Taipei Times. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  10. ^ Yu, Hsiang; Hsu, Elizabeth (30 July 2019). "'1992 consensus' no longer useful: Han Kuo-yu chief adviser". Central News Agency. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  11. ^ Wang, Shwu-fen; Kao, Evelyn (30 July 2019). "Han Kuo-yu to establish campaign headquarters in Kaohsiung". Central News Agency. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  12. ^ Chen, Yun; Shih, Hsiao-kuang; Chung, Jake (18 August 2019). "Han announces creation of policy advisory group". Taipei Times. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  13. ^ Maxon, Ann (12 November 2019). "Han picks ex-premier as running mate". Taipei Times. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  14. ^ Yu, Hsiang; Wang, Shu-fen; Lim, Emerson (11 November 2019). "Analysts hold split views on Han's selection of running mate". Central News Agency. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Mao Chi-kuo
Vice Premier of the Republic of China
Succeeded by
Woody Duh
Premier of the Republic of China
Succeeded by
Lin Chuan