A native of Taipei, Chang San-cheng earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from National Taiwan University and a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Cornell University. He was a minister without portfolio of the Executive Yuan, minister of science and technology, and vice premier before serving as premier from February 2016 through May 2016.
- 2016.01.26Acting Premier Chang surveys massive losses at coastal Tainan fish farms due to extreme cold weather. Aside from ordering the creation of a task force to deal with the impact of the cold spell, Chang asks central and local governments to assess losses quickly and subsidize fishermen generously.
- 2016.02.06After a deadly earthquake rattles Tainan, Premier Chang promptly visits hard-hit areas and orders the formation of a disaster recovery task force. Chang returned to Tainan more than 10 times thereafter to monitor rescue and recovery operations, calling for full assistance from central and local authorities.
- 2016.02.25The Executive Yuan Council passes draft amendments to the Urban Renewal Act, the Disaster Prevention and Protection Act, and the Building Act.
- 2016.03.14The government announces soil liquefaction risk areas and launches a package of preventive measures. On April 28, 2016, the Executive Yuan approves a plan to improve the safety of residential buildings around Taiwan.
- 2016.04.22A national research center for mosquito-borne diseases is inaugurated, with branches in Tainan and Kaohsiung cities.
- 2016.05.05The Executive Yuan Council proposes five laws on digital convergence: an electronic communications broadcast act, an act governing telecommunications infrastructure and resources, a telecommunications enterprise act, an act governing cable multichannel platform services, and a radio and television enterprises and channel enterprises administration act.