Wu Po-hsiung in Beijing, People's Republic of China on June 17, 2012
|5th Chairman of the Kuomintang|
11 April 2007 –17 October 2009
|Preceded by||Chiang Pin-kung|
|Succeeded by||Ma Ying-jeou|
13 February 2007 –14 March 2007
|Preceded by||Ma Ying-jeou|
|Succeeded by||Chiang Pin-kung|
|Vice Chairman of the Kuomintang|
18 June 2000 –11 April 2007
|Chairman|| Lien Chan |
|Secretary-General of Kuomintang|
16 August 1996 –11 December 1997
|Preceded by||Hsu Shui-teh|
|Succeeded by||John Chiang|
|Secretary-General of the Presidential Office of the Republic of China|
13 December 1994 –3 August 1996
|Deputy||Raymond R. M. Tai|
|Preceded by||Chiang Yang-shih|
|Succeeded by||Huang Kun-huei|
|Minister of the Interior of the Republic of China|
1 June 1991 –15 February 1994
|Preceded by||Hsu Shui-teh|
|Succeeded by||Huang Kun-huei|
1 June 1984 –22 July 1988
|Preceded by||Lin Yang-kang|
|Succeeded by||Hsu Shui-teh|
|Mayor of Taipei|
25 July 1988 –2 June 1990
|Preceded by||Hsu Shui-teh|
|Succeeded by||Huang Ta-chou|
|Magistrate of Taoyuan|
1 February 1973 –20 December 1976
|Preceded by||Hsu Hsin-chih|
Lee Shu-you (acting)
|Succeeded by||Weng Chien (acting)|
|Born||19 June 1939 80) (age|
Shinchiku Prefecture, Japanese Taiwan
|Nationality||Republic of China|
|Relations||John Wu (son)|
|Alma mater||Taiwan Provincial Cheng Kung University|
|Traditional Chinese||吳 伯 雄|
|Simplified Chinese||吴 伯 雄|
Wu Po-hsiung (Chinese :吳伯雄; pinyin :Wú Bóxióng; born 19 June 1939) is a politician in Taiwan (ROC) who formerly served as chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT). He has been the Interior Minister (1984-1988), Mayor of Taipei (1988–1990), Secretary-General to the President (1991–1996), and Chairman of the KMT (2007-2009). Wu was nominated as Honorary Chairman of the Kuomintang when he was succeeded by Ma Ying-jeou as the Chairman of the Kuomintang.
Born to a Hakka family in Zhongli, Taoyuan in 1939, Wu received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Taiwan Provincial Cheng Kung University in 1962.
He entered politics when he was elected into the Taiwan Provincial Council in the Taoyuan County electoral district from 1968 to 1972
Wu become the Magistrate of Taoyuan County from 1973 to 1976. His father Wu Hong-ling had served in the same position from 1960 to 1964.
Wu become the Ministry of the Interior twice in 1984-1988 and 1991-1994.
On 15 October 1987, Wu announced the lifting of prohibition of ROC citizens to travel to the Mainland Area. Citizens were allowed to do so for family visits.
Wu was the first vice-chairman of the main opposition Kuomintang party after Kuomintang lost in the 2000 ROC Presidential Election to the Democratic Progressive Party.
After Chairman Ma Ying-jeou resigned on 13 February 2007, he became the acting chairman. Wu, however, subsequently resigned his post as acting chairman and member of the Central Standing Committee on 14 March 2007 in order to compete in the KMT chairman election scheduled for 7 April 2007. Ma announced his support for Wu for chairmanship.
Wu eventually won the party chairmanship election and become KMT Chairman on 11 April 2007. He garnered about 90% of votes cast, defeated KMT Legislator Hung Hsiu-chu. Of all eligible voters, about 53% voted.
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In April 2005, Wu joined Lien Chan and other Pan-Blue officials to visit China.
In May 2009, Wu left for China for an 8-day visit. He was accompanied by three KMT Vice Chairmen, Lin Fong-cheng, Wu Den-yih (which doubles as KMT Secretary-General) and John Chiang. Wang Yi, Director of Taiwan Affairs Office welcomed the delegations upon arrival in Beijing.
Prior to departure, Wu said that we would not mention the "Republic of China" if the Beijing government did not mention the "People's Republic of China" as well. If Beijing was to refrain from mentioning the One China principle, then he also would not talk about the 1992 consensus.
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 China.
Wu lead a delegation from Taiwan to visit Beijing in March 2012 to meet Hu Jintao, the then-General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC); Wu proposed that cross-strait relations be governed under the framework of "one country, two areas" (一國兩區), in which from the Republic of China's point of view, ROC consists of Taiwan area and the mainland area.
Among the delegates are three of Kuomintang vice chairpersons, which are Lin Fong-cheng, John Chiang and Hung Hsiu-chu.
On 27 June 2012, Wu attended the opening ceremony of the first Taiwanese branch of the Bank of China. The ceremony was held in Taipei and Wu was accompanied by Straits Exchange Foundation Chairman Chiang Pin-kung, Bank of China President Li Lihui and the bank's Taiwan branch General Manager Tsai Rong-jun.
Wu visited Beijing on 12–14 June 2013 to meet with Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party for the first time since Xi took office, accompanied by high ranking KMT officials, such as Chan Chun-po, Hung Hsiu-chu, Huang Min-hui and Su Chi. Accompanying Xi Jinping was Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and Zhang Zhijun from the CPC.
During a meeting between Wu and visiting Yunnan Communist Party of China secretary, Qin Guangrong, to Taiwan in mid September 2013, Wu said that Taiwan and Mainland China should put aside political questions and disagreements aside to facilitate bilateral exchanges. He said that by showing patience, setting aside differences and focusing on economic cooperation and cultural exchanges, more common areas such as lifestyle and values would emerge.
During the meeting, Qin encouraged Taiwanese businessmen to invest in Yunnan and make use of the province as the gateway to Southeast Asia and South Asia, creating business opportunities. He added that Yunnan welcomes Taiwanese farmers, township wardens, teachers, students, media and religious and business representatives. Qin's delegation, which consisted of more than 200 people, participated in several activities while in Taiwan, such as promoting bilateral exchanges in education, culture, technology, tourism and civil aviation.
In October 2013, Wu traveled to Nanjing, Jiangsu to give a speech at the Xianlin Campus of Nanjing University.
Outside of Taiwanese politics, Wu is a prominent and practicing Buddhist and plays an active role in the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order. Before he ascended to the KMT chairmanship, Wu served as the second worldwide president of the Buddha's Light International Association.
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| Mayor of Taipei |
1988 - 1990
|Party political offices|
| Chairman of the Kuomintang (acting)|
Chiang Pin-kung (acting)
Chiang Pin-kung (acting)
| Chairman of the Kuomintang |
2007 - 2009