Mr. Shao went to U.S.A. to study in 1919 where he was graduated from the University of Wisconsin and Columbia University.
Yuan-chung Shao was editor-in-Chief of The Shanghai Mingkuo News, counsellor of the Shanghai Chiaotungpu in Kuomintang, China and chief of its editing bureau in 1912, chief secretary of the Commander-in-Chief's Headquarters of the Yangtze Valley during the expedition against Yuan Shih-kai in 1913, Commander of the Revolutionary Forces in Shaoshing, Chekiang, China. He also assisted Gen. Chen Chi-mei in the revolution in Shanghai and participated in the battle of Shaohu in 1914, was Garrison Commander of Shantung in 1916, acting Chief Secretary of the Commander-in-Chief's Headquarters in Canton during the Constitution Defence Campaign in 1917.
Mr. Shao investigated labor and socialist organizations, became contributing editor to the Chinese papers in San Francisco, St. Louis, Victoria, Toronto, etc. in 1919-1923. Then he went to Europe in the summer of 1923 and assisted in the promotion of Party affairs in England, France and Germany, accompanied General Chiang Kai-shek as special envoy to Moscow sent by Dr. Sun, 1923. After his return in 1924, he became member of the Central Executive Committee, Chief Secretary of the Commander-in-Chief's Headquarters in Canton, professor and head of the department of Political Science of the Whampoa Military Academy. After that he went north in the winter of the same year and became chief private secretary of Dr. Sun's Headquarters, member of the Peking Political Council, president of the Peking Kuomin Daily News, Civil Governor of Chaomei, Kwangtung, after the death of Dr. Sun in 1925, head of the Young Men Department of the Central Executive Committee in 1926, member of the reorganization committee of the Chekiang Provincial Party Headquarters, member of the Political Council of the said province and concurrently Mayor of Hangchow in 1927, chief secretary of the political council of Canton, member of the reconstruction committee of Kwangtung and Kwangsi, head of the political science department of the Central Military Academy, president of the Chienkuo weekly association in 1928.
Hw was also member of the Central Executive Committee of Kuomintang, member of the Central Political Council, vice chairman of the examination commission of Examination Yuan, legislative member and concurrently chairman of the economic committee of Legislative Yuan, 1929-30, member of the National Government Council, vice-President and Acting President of the Legislative Yuan, Chairman of the examination committee of the Examination Yuan, member of the National Economic Council, Chairman of the Publicity Committee of the Central Executive Committee of Kuomintang in 1931-1932, member of the Central Executive Committee of Kuomintang, member of the Central Political Council, Chairman of the Publicity Committee of the Central Executive Committee of Kuomintang, member of the Standing Committee of the Committee on the Compilation of Party History, member of the Central Finance Committee, vice-President of the Legislative Yuan, Member of the National Economic Council, member of the Standing Committee of the Committee for the Direction of Motion Picture Industry, member of the Central Examination Committee since 1933.
Yuan-chung Shao was an author of "Labor Conditions in U.S.A.", "Modern Labor Problems", "Local Government during Tutelage Period", "A Short History of Revolution in Foreign Countries", "Sunyatsenism", "Revolutionary History of General Chen Chi-mei", "Background of Chinese Revolution", "Way to National Reconstruction", "Memoirs of Dr. Sun's Constitutional Campaign", " Psychological Reconstruction", "Selected Military Poems", "The Character of Confucius and the Spirit of the Age", "National Reconstruction", "Educational Reconstruction" and "Economic Reconstruction".