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Wang Daohan

Wang Daohan
President of Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait
In office
16 December 1991 – 24 December 2005
Premier Li Peng
Zhu Rongji
Wen Jiabao
Succeeded by Vacant, Chen Yunlin (2008)
Mayor of Shanghai
In office
April 1981 – July 1985
Preceded by Peng Chong
Succeeded by Jiang Zemin
Personal details
Born (1915-03-27)27 March 1915
Jiashan County, Anhui, Qing Dynasty
Died 24 December 2005(2005-12-24) (aged 90)
Shanghai, People's Republic of China
Nationality People's Republic of China

Wang Daohan (Chinese: 汪道涵; pinyin: Wāng Dàohán), (27 March 1915 – 24 December 2005) was the former president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS).


Wang was born in Jiashan County (present day Mingguang City) in China's Anhui province in 1915 and joined the Communist Party of China in 1938. During his early career within the government of the People's Republic of China, he focused on trade and investment issues. In 1965 he was the deputy minister of the State Commission for Foreign Economic Relations with Foreign Countries and in 1979 he was appointed vice-chair of the State Foreign Investment Commission and vice-chair of the State Import-Export Commission. Later Wang came to greater prominence when, after a year as vice-mayor, he was appointed mayor of Shanghai in 1981. As mayor, Wang contributed to the success of Deng Xiaoping's economic reforms by actively encouraging foreign investment and joint ventures. When he retired in 1985, Wang convinced the party authorities to name his protégé Jiang Zemin as his successor.

On 16 December 1991 Wang was named the president of Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF). The following year Wang and SEF chairman Koo Chen-fu held preliminary talks in Hong Kong which resulted in the so-called "1992 Consensus" and facilitated negotiations of practical matters. However, the content and the very existence of this "1992 Consensus" is still widely disputed. In April 1993, Koo and Wang met in Singapore to hold the Wang-Koo summit. A second round of talks followed in 1998, in Shanghai, but no further talks have taken place since. Beijing called off talks in 1999, after Republic of China President Lee Teng-hui proposed his two-states theory. Wang died in Shanghai on the morning of 24 December 2005.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Peng Chong
Mayor of Shanghai
Succeeded by
Jiang Zemin
New title President of Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits
Succeeded by
Chen Yunlin
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