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James Wei (Chinese: 魏景蒙; pinyin: Wèi Jǐngméng; 28 August 1907 – 7 October 1982) was a Chinese-born Taiwanese news media executive who led the Government Information Office from 1966 to 1972.

James Wei
Minister of Government Information Office of the Republic of China
In office
November 1966 – June 1972
Preceded byJames Shen
Succeeded byFrederick Chien
Personal details
Born(1907-08-28)28 August 1907
Hangchow, Chekiang
Died7 October 1982(1982-10-07) (aged 75)
Beitou, Taipei, Taiwan
NationalityRepublic of China
Alma materYenching University

James Wei was born in Chekiang on 28 August 1907, and attended Yenching University. After graduation, he became a reporter in Tientsin and Shanghai. In 1942, Wei began working for the Ministry of Information, the predecessor organization to what became known as the Government Information Office.[1][2] He moved to Taiwan in 1949, and established the China News on 5 June 1949.[3][4] The publication was later renamed Taiwan News. Alongside his role as the newspaper's founding publisher, Wei was also a Reuters correspondent and deputy director of the Central News Agency. Wei became the managing director of the Broadcasting Corporation of China in 1954, leaving the position to succeed James Shen as head of the Government Information Office in 1966. He accepted a promotion at the Central News Agency in 1972, serving as director until retirement in 1978. Wei remained an adviser to Chiang Ching-kuo until he died of a heart attack on 7 October 1982, at Taipei Veterans General Hospital.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b "Inventory of the James Wei diaries". Online Archive of California. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b "A farewell to a wise and boon companion - James (Sanyeh Wei)". Taiwan Today. 1 November 1982. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  3. ^ Dennis L. Wilcox (1967). English Language Newspapers Abroad: A Guide to Daily Newspapers in 56 Non-English-speaking Countries. Gale Research Company.
  4. ^ Asian Bulletin. APACL Publications. 1982.