Lin received a master’s degree in Marxist political economics from Peking University in 1982, and a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago in 1986, becoming one of the first Chinese citizens to earn a doctoral degree during the early stages of economic reform in China.
In 2008, he was named a senior vice president and chief economist at the World Bank.
In May 2002, Lin filed an application from Beijing to return to Taiwan to attend his father’s funeral. The government approved his application, but warned that he could face charges of treason if he returned. Lin decided not to risk detention and did not attend his father’s funeral.
Additional reporting by CNA