|Vice President of the Republic of China|
20 May 2012
|Preceded by||Vincent Siew|
|Premier of the Republic of China|
10 September 2009 – 6 February 2012
|Preceded by||Liu Chao-shiuan|
|Succeeded by||Sean Chen|
|Secretary-General of the Kuomintang|
27 February 2007 – 17 October 2009
|Preceded by||Chan Chun-po|
|Succeeded by||Chan Chun-po|
|Mayor of Kaohsiung|
15 June 1990 – 20 December 1998
|Preceded by||Su Nan-cheng|
|Succeeded by||Frank Hsieh|
|Magistrate of Nantou County2|
|Preceded by||Liu Yu-you
Meng Fan-chao (acting)
|Succeeded by||Lin Yuan-lang|
30 January 1948 |
Caotun, Republic of China
|Nationality||Republic of China|
|Alma mater||National Taiwan University|
Wu Den-yih (traditional Chinese: 吳敦義; simplified Chinese: 吴敦义; pinyin: Wú Dūnyì; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Gô͘ Tun-gī; born January 30, 1948) is the Vice President of the Republic of China and a member of the ruling Kuomintang Party. Wu was the running mate of President Ma Ying-jeou and was elected Vice President in the 2012 presidential election with 51.5% of the vote.4 Wu served as Premier from 2009 until 2012.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Early career
- 3 Political career
- 4 Nantou County Magistrate
- 5 Kaohsiung Mayoralty
- 6 KMT Secretary-General
- 7 ROC Premiership
- 8 ROC Vice Presidency
- 9 Personal life
- 10 See also
- 11 References
Wu was born in Tsaotun, Nantou County, Taiwan in 1948. He enrolled in National Taiwan University and majored in history. During university time, he served as president and editor-in-chief for University News (大學新聞) student periodical in 1968-1969. One of his essay he wrote for the student periodical had prompted future ROC President Chiang Ching-kuo to urge him to serve the people and the nation. He graduated with his BA degree in 1970. Upon graduation, he served his conscription.
Upon completing his compulsory military service in the armed forces, he worked as a journalist for China Times before entering political world. In China Times, he was known for his accurate reporting and insightful commentary.
In 1973 at the age of 25, he was appointed to a position in the Taipei City Council, serving as the youngest member of the council. While in the office, he was resolute in upholding the view of working with high standard of integrity. For some corrupt officials, he asserted that bending the law is even worse than the corruption itself. He further added that although corruption violates the law, the law nevertheless survives. But if one publicly manipulates the law with impunity, the law dies. Wu worked for the council for eight years.56 During his time in the council, he also still worked as an editorial writer at China Times providing his opinions and thoughts on current political issues.
After serving Taipei City Council, Wu returned to his home in Nantou County where he made a successful campaign for the Magistrate of Nantou County. He served the magistrate position from 1981 to 1989.7
Wu Den-yih was the appointed mayor of Kaohsiung between 1990 and 1994, and he served as the mayor again from 1994 to 1998 by direct election. He was defeated by Frank Hsieh in the mayoral election in 1998.
In May 2009, Wu left for Mainland China for an 8-day visit. He was accompanied by three KMT high officials, Wu Po-hsiung, Lin Fong-cheng and John Chiang. Wang Yi, Director of Taiwan Affairs Office welcomed the delegations upon arrival in Beijing.
The delegations visited several cities. In Beijing, they visited the Guangdong-Guangxi House, where Sun Yat-sen was elected as Chairman of Kuomintang in 1912. In Hangzhou, they visited the Manao Temple, where a museum of Lian Heng is located. In Nanjing, they visited Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum. And in Chongqing, they attended the Taiwan Week celebration organized by Taiwanese businessmen doing business in Mainland China.8
Wu was designated to succeed Liu Chao-shiuan as Premier of the Republic of China on 8 September 2009 by President Ma Ying-jeou. Liu and his Cabinet resigned en masse on 10 September due to the Typhoon Morakot, with Wu succeeding the post the same day.9 Wu was appointed to the position due to his rich party and administrative experience.10
On 19 June 2011, Ma Ying-jeou announced that Wu would be his vice presidential candidate in the 2012 presidential election due to the choice of incumbent Vice President Vincent Siew not to run for re-election.12 Wu and Ma Ying-jeou won the 2012 ROC Presidential Election on 14 January 2012, which makes Wu the Vice Preisdent-elect of the ROC.
|Kuomintang||Ma Ying-jeou (incumbent)||Wu Den-yih||6,891,139||51.60%|
|Democratic Progressive Party||Tsai Ing-wen||Su Jia-chyuan||6,093,578||45.63%|
|People First Party||James Soong Chu-yu||Lin Ruey-shiung||369,588||2.77%|
On 1–2 April 2012,13 ROC Vice President-elect Wu, in his capacity as the top advisor of the Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation, attended the 2012 Boao Forum for Asia in Haikou, Hainan. Wu represented Taiwan as "China's Taiwan" during the forum.14 In the forum, Wu met with PRC Vice Premier Li Keqiang in which both of them agreed to address various of cross-strait issues.1516 While touring to a fruit farm during the forum period, Wu said that he will take care of the Chinese mainland companies doing business in Taiwan. He added that he will make every effort in assisting any mainland Chinese people who wish to invest in Taiwan.17
After the shooting incident of Taiwanese fisherman by Philippine government vessel on 9 May 2013 at the disputed water in South China Sea, speaking at a seminar in Longtan, Wu hoped that Taiwan and the Philippines can settle their maritime territorial dispute, and wished that all parties involved can work together to achieve the East China Sea peace initiative proposed by President Ma Ying-jeou on August 2012 to jointly explore and develop the resources in the sea area because this continuing dispute hinder the development of the sea resources.18
- Vice President of the Republic of China
- Republic of China presidential election, 2012
- Presidential Office Building, Taipei
- Jacobs, Andrew (14 January 2012). "Incumbent Ma Re-Elected as Taiwan’s President". New York Times.
- "Taiwan Premier, Cabinet Resign Over Typhoon Response (Update2)". Bloomberg. 7 September 2009.
|Mayor of Kaohsiung
|Premier of the Republic of China
|Vice President of the Republic of China
|Party political offices|
|Secretary-General of the Kuomintang