Tao Dayong, male, Han nationality, is a native of Shanghai. Born in 1918, he graduated from the Department of Economics of Central University in Nanjing in 1940. From 1946 to 1948, he undertook graduate work in the U.K., first at Manchester University and then at the University of London. He joined the China Democratic League in 1947.
Tao spent the first half of his life as an academic economist, then switched to journalism and active participation in the party politics of the China Democratic League. In the 1940s and early 1950s, he taught at a number of universities, including Zhongsan, Guanxi, Jioaotong, Sichuan, and Beijing. He was editor-in-chief of the Economic Weekly, Hong Kong's Wen Wei Po, and of China Reconstruction Monthly. He also served as chief of the planning division at the Translation Bureau of the Central Publication Administration. He wrote a number of books, including Post-War Economic Transformation of East Europe, A Study of Modern Capitalist Economy and History of Socialist Thought.
Tao has been a participant on every central committee of the China Democratic League, excepting the 3rd; he was honorary vice-chairman of the 8th China Democratic League Central Committee. He was chairman of the China Democratic League Beijing Municipal Committee in 1992 and was elected honorary chairman of the 8th China Democratic League Beijing Municipal Committee. Additionally, he was standing committee vice-chairman of the 9th and 10th Beijing Municipal People's Congresses, a standing committee member of 6th to 8th NPC and vice-chairman of Financial and Economic Committee of 7th NPC.
He was a member of the 5th CPPCC National Committee and a standing committee member of the 6th CPPCC National Committee.