Wang Daohan, 90, passes away in Shanghai
Updated: 2005-12-24 12:28
Wang Daohan, president of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across
the Taiwan Straits, passed away in Shanghai at 7 a.m. (Beijing time) on
Wang died of disease in the Shanghai Ruijin Hospital at the age of 90.
Wang, native of Jiashan, Anhui Province in east China, once served as
secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China
(CPC), vice-mayor and mayor of Shanghai, and adviser to the Shanghai Municipal
a member of the former CPC Central Advisory Commission, delegate to the 13th,
14th and 15th CPC National Congress, and deputy to the 5th and 6th National
People's Congress, or the national legislature.
Wang Daohan (L) shakes hands with Koo
Chen-fu on April 27, 1993. [Xinhua/file]
The Association for Relations Across Taiwan Straits was founded in December
1991, and Wang took the presidency. In April 1993, Wang and Koo Chen-fu,
chairman of the Taiwan-based Strait Exchange Foundation (SEF), held in Singapore
the first ever high-level, non-governmental talks across the Straits.
The talks were known as the Wang-Koo meeting.
In October 1998, they held the second talks in Shanghai and reached a
consensus on four points involving dialog across the Straits on political
Wang also served as professor of economics with many prestigious universities
including Beijing University, Fudan University and Tongji University. Fond of
reading, Wang had done considerable research into politics, economics and
management and had wide interest in literature, history, music, arts and