Chen Chien-jen KSG KHS (Chinese: 陳建仁, born 6 June 1951) is the current vice president of the Republic of China, since 2016. He is an epidemiologist by training and was formerly vice president of Academia Sinica, Taiwan's premier research institution.[3] He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Fu Jen Catholic University.[4]

Chen Chien-jen

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Vice President of the Republic of China
Assumed office
20 May 2016
PresidentTsai Ing-wen
Preceded byWu Den-yih
Succeeded byWilliam Lai (elect)
Minister of the National Science Council
In office
25 January 2006 – 19 May 2008
DeputyYang Hung-duen
Preceded byMaw-Kuen Wu
Succeeded byLee Lou-chuang
Minister of Health
In office
18 May 2003 – 1 February 2005
PremierYu Shyi-kun
Preceded byTwu Shiing-jer
Succeeded byWang Hsiu-hong (Acting)
Hou Sheng-mao
Personal details
Born (1951-06-06) 6 June 1951 (age 68)
Cishan, Kaohsiung County, Taiwan (now Kaohsiung)
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Lo Fong-ping (羅鳳蘋)[1][2]
ResidencePing’an Residence
Alma materNational Taiwan University
Johns Hopkins University
Chen Chien-jen
Traditional Chinese陳建仁

Early and personal lifeEdit

Chen Chien-jen was born in Cishan, Kaohsiung County, in 1951,[1] as one of eight children.[5] His father, Chen Hsin-an, served as Kaohsiung County Magistrate from 1954 to 1957.[6] Chen's mother Chen Wei Lien-chih managed a daycare.[5] Chen is married to Lo Fong-ping,[7] whose family is from Nanjing.[8]

Chen Chien-jen is a devout Catholic. Chen and his wife were invited to visit the Vatican several times by Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis. He has been invested as a Knight of the Equestrian of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (2010)[9] and a Knight of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great (2013).[10]

Career as researcherEdit

Chen obtained a master's degree in public health from the National Taiwan University, and received his Sc.D in human genetics and epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University in 1977 and 1982, respectively.[6][11] He began his medical career by researching hepatitis B, and helped raise awareness about vaccination for the disease in Taiwan.[6] Chen further researched on the liver cancer risk of people with hepatitis B.[12] Chen also discovered a link from arsenic to blackfoot disease.[6][13] The arsenic research lead to the revision of international health standards for arsenic exposure.[12]

Political careerEdit

Chen served as Minister of Health from 2003 to 2005. As health minister, he was praised for effectively managing the SARS epidemic through quarantine and screening procedures,[12] despite Taiwan's non-membership in the World Health Organization complicating the coordination of research efforts.[14] Chen led the National Science Council from 2006 to 2008.

2016 Republic of China presidential and vice presidential electionEdit

On 16 November 2015, Chen was confirmed as the running mate for Tsai Ing-wen in the 2016 Taiwanese presidential election[15] after media speculation earlier in the month.[16][17] During the campaign, Chen became known by the nickname Brother Da-jen (大仁哥), after a character portrayed by Chen Bolin on the romantic drama In Time with You.[18] Chen is the first Catholic Vice Presidential nominee in Taiwan. On 16 January 2016, Tsai and Chen won the presidential election in a landslide. Chen took up his post as Vice President on 20 May 2016.[19]

e • d Summary of the 2016 Taiwanese presidential election results
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
President Vice president
Democratic Progressive Party Tsai Ing-wen Chen Chien-jen 6,894,744 56.12%
Kuomintang Eric Chu Wang Ju-hsuan 3,813,365 31.04%
People First Party James Soong Hsu Hsin-ying 1,576,861 12.84%
Valid votes 12,284,970 98.69%
Invalid and blank votes 163,332 1.31%
Total votes 12,448,302 100%
Eligible voters and turnout 18,782,991 66.27%

2020 Republic of China presidential and vice presidential electionEdit

In March 2019, Chen announced that he would not seek a second term as vice president alongside Tsai.[20]

Honours and awardsEdit


  1. ^ a b "Vice President Chen". Office of the President Republic of China (Taiwan). Retrieved 7 September 2019. Mr. Chen Chien-jen was born in Cishan Township, Kaohsiung County (now merged into Kaohsiung City) in 1951.{...}The Vatican has invited Mr. Chen and his wife Ms. Lo Fong-ping to visit several times, where they have been received by Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis.
  2. ^ Ku Chuan, Matt Yu, Elizabeth Hsu (1 January 2019). "President sings anthem at New Year's Day flag-hoisting ceremony". Focus Taiwan (in English and Chinese). Retrieved 7 September 2019. The president arrived at the ceremony venue at 6:20 a.m. accompanied by Chen, Chen's wife Lo Fong-ping (羅鳳蘋), Presidential Office Secretary-General Chen Chu (陳菊) and Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲).CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Vice President Chien-Jen Chen, Academia Sinica, archived from the original on 2015-11-17, retrieved 2015-11-13
  4. ^ The 18th Session of the Board of Trustees
  5. ^ a b "Chen Chien-jen: Vice President of the Republic of China" (PDF). Taiwan Today. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2018.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b c d Hsu, Elizabeth (16 January 2016). "Chen Chien-jen vows to be more than just figurehead vice president". Central News Agency. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  7. ^ Lu, Hsin-hui; Hou, Elaine (5 August 2016). "Taiwan's VP to attend Dominican Republic's presidential inauguration". Central News Agency. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  8. ^ Strong, Matthew (26 December 2015). "Chen calls for end to party polarization". Taiwan News. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  9. ^ "【禮儀】11/14 耶路撒冷聖墓騎士冊封大典". 耶穌會中華省. Archived from the original on 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  10. ^ "八位新封聖大額我略爵士" (PDF). 天主教會台灣地區主教團. 2013-08-05. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-05-16. Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  11. ^ Chang, Yun-ping (17 May 2003). "Yu accepts DOH chief's resignation". Taipei Times. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  12. ^ a b c Cyranoski, David (13 January 2016). "Taiwan's SARS hero poised to be vice-president". Nature. 529 (7585): 136–137. doi:10.1038/529136a. PMID 26762435.
  13. ^ Tseng, Chin-Hsiao; Chong, Choon-Khim; Tseng, Ching-Ping; Centeno, José A. (February 2007). "Blackfoot Disease in Taiwan: Its Link with Inorganic Arsenic Exposure from Drinking Water". Ambio. 36 (1): 82–84. doi:10.1579/0044-7447(2007)36[82:bditil];2. JSTOR 4315790.
  14. ^ Cyranoski, David (17 April 2003). "Taiwan left isolated in fight against SARS". Nature. 422 (652): 652. doi:10.1038/422652a. PMID 12700727.
  15. ^ Hsu, Stacy (17 Nov 2015). "DPP's Tsai picks Chen Chien-jen". Taipei Times. p. 1.
  16. ^ 副手是陳建仁?蔡英文:宣布了就知道 (in Chinese), United Daily News
  17. ^ "Academia Sinica VP confirmed as running mate of Tsai Ing-wen". Focus Taiwan. Central News Agency. 14 November 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  18. ^ Tseng, Wei-chen (20 Dec 2015). "Reporter's Notebook: DPP's Chen in demand, KMT's Wang shunned". Taipei Times. p. 3.
  19. ^ Austin Ramzy: Tsai Ing-wen Sworn In as Taiwan’s President, as China Watches Closely. In: The New York Times, 19 May 2016.
  20. ^ Yeh, Su-ping; Su, Lung-chi; Wang, Flor (29 March 2019). "Vice president declares he won't run for second term with Tsai". Central News Agency. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  21. ^ a b 2005 Presidential Science Prize – Life Sciences – Academician Chien-Jen Chen (PDF), Ministry of Science and Technology
  22. ^ a b Raphaël Zbinden : „Un chevalier catholique à la tête de Taïwan",, 20. Januar 2016 (fr.)
  23. ^ Lu, Hsin-hui; Kao, Evelyn (3 May 2017). "Vice president, WTO representative elected to NAS". Central News Agency. Retrieved 4 May 2017.

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