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Han Lih-wu (Chinese: 杭立武; pinyin: Háng Lìwǔ; 26 January 1903 – 26 February 1991) was a Chinese-born politician and diplomat.

Han Lih-wu
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ROC Ambassador to Greece
In office
30 July 1968 – August 1972
ROC Ambassador to the Philippines
In office
31 March 1964 – 30 July 1968
ROC Ambassador to Laos
In office
28 February 1962 – September 1962
ROC Ambassador to Thailand
In office
31 August 1956 – 28 February 1962
Minister of Education of the Republic of China
In office
7 April 1949 – 16 March 1950
Preceded byChu Chia-hua
Chen Hsueh-ping (acting)
Succeeded byCheng Tien-fong
Administrative Deputy Minister of Education of the Republic of China
In office
12 June 1948 – 30 December 1948
MinisterChu Chia-hua
Political Deputy Minister of Education of the Republic of China
In office
December 1944 – 1945
MinisterChu Chia-hua
Personal details
Born26 January 1903
DiedFebruary 26, 1991(1991-02-26) (aged 88)
Taipei, Taiwan
NationalityRepublic of China
Political partyKuomintang
Alma materNanking University
University of London
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Born in Anhui, Han earned degrees from Nanjing University, the University of London, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. After completing his education in the United States, Han taught at Nanjing University until 1931, when he was named leader of the British–Chinese Educational Association, where he served until 1946. In 1944, Han was appointed deputy minister of education. He succeeded Chen Hsueh-ping in office in 1949.[1] Han aided the Kuomintang retreat to Taiwan later that year by moving artworks of the National Palace Museum from Peking to Taipei.[2][3] Upon stepping down from the Ministry of Education in 1950, Han became presidential adviser to Chiang Kai-shek until 1956.[2] He became Republic of China ambassador to Thailand that year, and in 1962, was concurrently assigned to Laos. Han later served as ambassador to the Philippines and Greece, from 1964 to 1968, and between 1968 and 1972, respectively.[1]


  1. ^ a b Republic of China. A Reference Book. Taipei: Government Information Office. 1986. p. 416.
  2. ^ a b Copper, John F. (2015). Historical Dictionary of Taiwan (Republic of China). Scarecrow Press. p. 146.
  3. ^ Howe, Marvine (12 January 1986). "Taipei's trove of Chinese art". New York Times. Retrieved 5 August 2017.