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Tse-ven Paul Soong


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(b. 4 Dec. 1894, d. 24 Apr. 1971).

Chinese Minister of Finance 1928–33 Born in Shanghai, he graduated from Harvard before returning to China, where he became a pivotal supporter of Chiang Kai‐shek. He was responsible for the financial administration in the National Government, introducing a finance reform, establishing the Central Bank of China in Guangzhou (Canton), and financing the Northern Expedition. A supporter of cooperation with the Communist Party against the Japanese, his financing skills were constantly outstripped by Chiang's need for increasing military spending. As Chiang's representative to the USA during World War II and as Prime Minister 1945–7, he secured many substantial loans from the USA, though much of that money went into his own pocket. He retired to the USA in 1949 as one of the richest people in the world.

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