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Zhang Qun
Zhang Qun (Chang Ch'ün)
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In 1929, when mayor of Shanghai
Secretary-General of the Presidential Office of the Republic of China

18 May 1954 - 28 May 1972
PresidentChiang Kai-shek
DeputiesXu Jingzhi
Huang Bo-du
Zheng Yanfen
Premier of the Republic of China

23 April 1947 - 28 May 1948
PresidentChiang Kai-shek
Wang Yunwu
Ku Meng-yu
Governor of Sichuan Province

15 November 1940 - 14 May 1947
Vice Premier of the Republic of China

1 January 1938 - 11 December 1939
PresidentLin Sen
PremierH. H. Kung
Foreign Minister of the Republic of China

12 December 1935 - 4 March 1937
Governor of Hubei Province

7 July 1933 - 17 December 1935
Mayor of Shanghai

1 April 1929 - 6 January 1932
Personal details
Born(1889-05-09)9 May 1889
Huayang County, Sichuan, Qing Empire
Died14 December 1990(1990-12-14) (aged 101)
Taipei, Taiwan
NationalityRepublic of China
Political partyKuomintang
Alma materBaoding Military Academy
AwardsOrder of National Glory
Order of Blue Sky and White Sun
Order of Chiang Chung-Cheng
Order of Brilliant Star, Special Class with Grand Cordon
Order of the Three Stars, 1st Class

Zhang Qun or Chang Ch'ün (Chinese: ; May 9, 1889 - December 14, 1990)[1] also known as Zhang Yuejun (), was premier of the Republic of China and a prominent member of the Kuomintang. He served as secretary general to the President of the Republic from 1954 to 1972 and senior advisor to Presidents Chiang Kai-shek, Yen Chia-kan, Chiang Ching-kuo, and Lee Teng-hui. Under the influence of his wife, Ma Yu-ying, he became a Christian in the 1930s.[2]

Education and early career

Born in the Huayang County (now part of Shuangliu County), Sichuan province, Chang was admitted in 1906 to the Baoding Military Academy, just southwest of Beijing. The next year, he was selected to go to Japan to study at the Tokyo Shimbu Gakko, a preparatory military school, where he specialized in artillery. Together with his classmate, Chiang Kai-shek, he joined the T'ung-meng-hui the same year. After completing their preparatory studies, they both served in the Takada regiment of the Imperial Japanese Army's 13th Field Artillery Brigade, stationed in Niigata Prefecture before returning to China to serve under Sun Yat-sen in the Xinhai Revolution which would overthrow the Qing monarchy in 1911. During this period, a lifelong friendship between the two men[who?] and Huang Fu was formed and the three became sworn, or blood, brothers. Chang married Ma Yu-ying () in 1913; because their first child was born in 1917, he later joked to have practiced family planning long before it became popular.

When Yuan Shikai attempted to restore the monarchy, Chang fled to Japan, finished his military training at the Imperial Japanese Army Academy in 1915, and then went to the Netherlands East Indies, where he taught in an overseas Chinese school. Returning to China to participate in Yuan's overthrow in the National Protection War, he served as adjutant-general to Cen Chunxuan, president of the southern provinces, which repudiated Yuan's regime. With the restoration of the Republic, Chang held several posts. Becoming a major general of the National Revolutionary Army at age 28, he later became a member of the Kuomintang's Central Executive Committee, mayor of Shanghai and president of Tongji University, governor of Hubei province and foreign minister. In the KMT, he led the Political Science Clique (), which included military men such as Huang Fu and Xiong Shihui (), intellectuals, such as Yang Yongtai () and Wang Ch'ung-hui, and bankers and industrialists, including Wu Dingchang () and Chang Kia-ngau. During World War II, he served as secretary general of the National Security Council and governor of Sichuan province.

Post-war career

Committee of Three, from left, Nationalist representative Chang, General George Marshall and Communist representative Zhou Enlai.

In 1946, Chang, representing the national government, was a member of the Committee of Three (also known as the Marshall Mission) along with General George C. Marshall, then head of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Chinese Communist Party representative Zhou Enlai, which had been established in Nanjing in January, 1946 to effect a Kuomintang-Chinese Communist Party truce and head off civil war. The Marshall Mission helped to bring about a temporary cease-fire and but its plans for a political-military settlement did not succeed.[2]

In 1947, Chang headed the first coalition government as president of the Executive Yuan, a position also known as premier of the Republic of China.[3]

Special Envoy Chang on his way to visit Emperor Hirohito in Tokyo, 1957

His platform was to prepare China for constitutional government, land reform and price control. Despite his long ties with Chiang Kai-shek, he could not bring about the political reforms he favored.[2] After the transfer of the capital from Nanjing to Taipei, he became chief of staff and secretary general to the president in 1954. Among his duties were planning the government's foreign policy and representing the president in Japan, Africa and Europe, including the Second Vatican Council in 1965.

Pope Paul VI receives Special Envoy Chang in 1965

In 1972, he played a large role in the difficult negotiations regarding Japan's switch of diplomatic recognition to the People's Republic of China. His last official position was chairman of the Presidium of the Kuomintang's Central Advisory Committee.[2]

Personal life

A member of the board of the National Palace Museum, Chang was a renowned calligrapher, keen art collector, friend of great artists such as Chang Dai-chien, Huang Jun-bi and Lan Yin-ting, and recipient of honorary doctorates from several universities, including the University of Illinois, Seoul National University, St. John's University (New York), Sungkyunkwan University and Soochow University (Taiwan). He died at the age of 101 years, 219 days, of heart and kidney failure, at Veterans General Hospital in Taipei, on December 14, 1990.[4] From 20 January 1990, when former Japanese Prime Minister Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni died until his own death, Chang was the world's oldest living former head of government.

From left: Mrs. Chi-cheng Chang, Ambassador Yu-tang Lew, Mrs. Sylvia Philips, Dr. Chang, Royal Philips Electronics Chairman Frits Philips and Mrs. Yalan Lew in 1976

Chang's wife, Ma Yu-ying (; pinyin: Ma Yuying), died in 1974. His daughter, Yalan Chang Lew (?; pinyin: Liu Zhang Yalan), died on July 14, 2014 at age 97 in Seattle, USA; she was the widow of Ambassador Yu-tang Daniel Lew (; pinyin: Liu Yutang), who had died in 2005 at age 92 in Taipei. His son, Dr. Philip Chi-cheng Chang (; pinyin: Zhang Jizheng), who died on October 24, 2015 at age 96 in Taipei, was former communications minister 1969-72, chairman of the Council for Economic Planning and Development 1973-76, finance minister 1978-81 and governor of the Central Bank of China 1984-89. Chang is survived by his second son, Dr. Theodore Chi-chong Chang (; pinyin: Zhang Jizhong), vice president of the Truth Theological Seminary and pastor emeritus of the Mandarin Baptist Church of Pasadena, California.[]


  1. ^ Profile of Zhang Qun
  2. ^ a b c d Biographical Dictionary of Republican China, Volume 1: Ai-Ch'u. Howard L. Boorman, Editor; Richard C. Howard, Associate Editor. New York: Columbia University Press, 1966, pp. 47-52
  3. ^ China: Hao Hao, Time Magazine on Chang's appointment as premier, April 28, 1947
  4. ^ Chang Chun Is Dead; Taiwan Aide Was 101, The New York Times, December 16, 1990

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Government offices
Preceded by
Huang Fu
Mayor of Shanghai
Succeeded by
Wu Tieh-cheng
Preceded by
Wang Jingwei
Foreign Minister of the Republic of China
Succeeded by
Wang Ch'ung-hui
Preceded by
H. H. Kung
Vice Premier of the Republic of China
Succeeded by
H. H. Kung
Preceded by
Chiang Kai-shek
Premier of the Republic of China
Succeeded by
Wong Wen-hao
Preceded by
Xu Jingzhi
Secretary-General of the Presidential Office of the Republic of China
Succeeded by
Zheng Yanfen

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