He has been named the new chief economist at the World Bank. Wikipedia claims he left his wife and family behind in Taiwan to defect to mainland China. He even swam across some ocean to do so. It seems to be true.
Why would I not pick this man? But at least one smart person who knows Lin is very happy. Here are some of Lin’s articles, including a well-cited piece for Cato Journal. Here is his CV. He must be very adept at dealing with bureaucracy.