Zhang Kehui (aka Zhang Youyi), male, Han nationality, was born in 1928 in Zhanghua, Taiwan. In 1948, at the end of the Chinese civil war, he was studying at Xiamen University in Fujian Province when he joined the CPC. He served with the PLA in 1949. In 1950, he began a 50 year career in united front work when he was appointed section chief in the CPC provincial committee in Fujian.
Zhang joined the Taiwan Democratic Self-Government League in 1979 and subsequently held numerous positions in a variety of united front organizations in Fujian, and later at the central level. In addition to his other positions, in 1999 Zhang was elected president of the China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification.
Zhang was elected vice-chairman of the CPPCC national committee in 1998, and he was a standing committee member of the 8th NPC. He was also a member of the 13th and 14th CPC Central Committees.