July 13, 1950 Born in Hong Kong to parents from Hunan . 1951 Moved to Taiwan with his family, who were Kuomintang supporters. 1972 Earned a law degree from National Taiwan University and continued his studies in the United States with a scholarship from the KMT. 1981 Returned to Taiwan to teach law. 1984-1988 Becomes deputy secretary-general of the KMT. 1988 Promoted to chairman of the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission as the youngest cabinet member after several years working for former president Chiang Ching-kuo. 1993 Appointed as justice minister. 1996 Left the justice minister post (his supporters claim that he was too effective in fighting political corruption) and returned to academia. 1998 Secured 51 per cent of the vote to beat then Taipei mayor Chen Shui-bian and become mayor of Taipei. 2002 Re-elected as mayor of Taipei. July, 2005 Elected KMT chairman, succeeding Lien Chan.