Sean Chen (politician)

Chen Chun (Chinese: 陳冲; pinyin: Chén Chōng; born 13 October 1949[3]), also known as Sean Chen in English, is a Taiwanese politician and former Premier of the Republic of China,.[4] He is a member of the Kuomintang.

Sean Chen
Premier of the Republic of China
In office
6 February 2012 – 1 February 2013[1]
PresidentMa Ying-jeou
DeputyJiang Yi-huah
Preceded byWu Den-yih
Succeeded byJiang Yi-huah
Vice Premier of the Republic of China
In office
17 May 2010 – 6 February 2012
PremierWu Den-yih
Preceded byEric Chu
Succeeded byJiang Yi-huah
Minister of Consumer Protection Commission of the Executive Yuan
In office
17 May 2010 – 31 December 2011
Preceded byEric Chu
Succeeded byLiu Chin-fang
Chairperson of Financial Supervisory Commission of the Executive Yuan
In office
1 December 2008 – 17 May 2010
DeputyCatherine Lee
Preceded byGordon Chen
Succeeded byChen Yuh-chang
Deputy Minister of Finance of the Republic of China
In office
MinisterPaul Chiu
Shea Jia-dong
Yen Ching-chang
Lee Yung-san
Personal details
Born (1949-10-13) 13 October 1949 (age 72)
Taiwan Province, Republic of China[2]
NationalityRepublic of China
Political partyKuomintang
Alma materNational Taiwan University


Chen was born in Taiwan. He earned a BA degree (1971) and MA degree (1973) in law from the National Taiwan University.


FSC ChairmanshipEdit

Sean Chen's popularity grew in Taiwan when he was the Chairman of the Financial Supervisory Commission who signed three Memoranda of Understanding with his Mainland Chinese counter parties in January 2010 in the field of Banking, Insurance and Investments. This was viewed as a major milestone in furthering economic ties with the Chinese, allowing Taiwanese financial institutions access to the Mainland's vast and fast growing markets. In a discussion with Sam Radwan that appeared in an article in Bloomberg Businessweek he showed confidence that he would be able to achieve preferential treatment for Taiwan in what is considered by many foreign financial services institutions to be a market where Chinese regulators have not provided a level playing field.[5]

ROC PremiershipEdit

On 6 February 2012, Chen was appointed Premier of the Republic of China in succession to Wu Den-yih. After one year of economic challenges and considerable public criticism, he stepped down from his office on health grounds on 1 February 2013, to be replaced by the Vice Premier Jiang Yi-huah.[6]

Cross-strait relationsEdit

In March 2012, Chen gave his view on cross-strait relations at the Legislative Yuan. He agrees to the One-China policy, and that China is the Republic of China. Chinese mainland area belongs to the same country as Taiwan area, but it's just that Mainland China is not under the effective control of the ROC government.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Jiang to take over as Sean Chen quits". Taipei Times. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Sean Chen (陳冲)|Who's Who|". 13 October 1949. Archived from the original on 23 November 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  3. ^ "CHEN Chun (aka Sean Chen), Premier, Executive Yuan". Executive Yuan Republic of China (Taiwan). Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  4. ^ Ma officially appoints Sean Chen as new premier
  5. ^ Sean Chen's interview with Sam Radwan of ENHANCE International LLC, Bloomberg Businessweek, Jan 2010
  6. ^ Premier Chen steps down on health grounds
  7. ^ "No change to cross-strait policy: Fan Chiang". Taipei Times. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
Political offices
Preceded by Vice Premier of the Republic of China
Succeeded by
Preceded by Premier of the Republic of China