Chen Quanguo

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Chen Quanguo
Communist Party Chief of Tibet Autonomous Region
Assumed office
August 2011
Governor Padma Choling
Losang Jamcan
Preceded by Zhang Qingli
Governor of Hebei Province
In office
December 2009 – August 2011
Preceded by Hu Chunhua
Succeeded by Zhang Qingwei
Personal details
Born November 1955 (age 59)
Pingyu County, Henan
Nationality Chinese
Political party Communist Party of China
Alma mater Zhengzhou University
Wuhan University of Technology
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Chen.

Chen Quanguo (Chinese: ; born November 1955) is a politician of the People's Republic of China. He is the Communist Party Chief and the top official of the Tibet Autonomous Region.[1][2] Previously he was the Governor of Hebei Province and Deputy Party Chief of his native Henan Province. Chen holds a master's degree in economics.[3][4]


Military and university[edit]

Chen Quanguo is a native of Pingyu County in Zhumadian prefecture, Henan province. In December 1973, at the age of 18, Chen enlisted in the People's Liberation Army. He joined the Communist Party of China in February 1976. After leaving the military in March 1977, he briefly worked at a car parts factory in Zhumadian.[3][4]

After China resumed the National Higher Education Entrance Examination which was interrupted during the Cultural Revolution, in March 1978 Chen was admitted to the Economics Department of Zhengzhou University in the provincial capital Zhengzhou.[3][4]


Chen Quanguo graduated from Zhengzhou University in December 1981 and returned to work in his hometown of Pingyu. Starting in 1983 he worked for the prefectural government of Zhumadian, and in 1988 became the Communist Party Chief of Suiping, a county under the administration of Zhumadian. In 1994 he was appointed the head of the Organization Department of the nearby prefecture-level city of Pingdingshan.[2][3][4]

From 1995 to 1997 Chen enrolled as a part-time student at the School of Business Administration of Wuhan University of Technology, obtaining a master's degree in economics. From 1996 to 1998 he served as the Mayor and Deputy Party Chief of Luohe, another prefecture-level city in Henan.[2][3][4]

Chen Quanguo was promoted to Vice-Governor of Henan Province in January 1998, Head of the Provincial Organization Department in November 2000, and Deputy Communist Party Chief in April 2003.[2][3][4]


In November 2009 Chen Quanguo was transferred to neighbouring Hebei and promoted to Acting Governor and Deputy Party Chief of the province. He replaced Hu Chunhua, who became the Party Chief of Inner Mongolia. In January 2010 he was officially elected by the provincial congress as Governor of Hebei.[2][3][4]


In August 2011 Chen was transferred and promoted again, this time to remote Tibet Autonomous Region as Party Chief, the top official of the region. He replaced Zhang Qingli, who became the Party Chief of Hebei.[2][3][4] Subordinate to Chen was the Chairman (governor) of Tibet, Padma Choling, who was replaced by Losang Jamcan in January 2013.[1]

Chen Quanguo was an alternate member of the 17th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, and is a full member of the 18th Central Committee.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ a b "China appoints new Tibet governor, hardline policies to remain". Reuters. 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Chen Quanguo". China Vitae. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i 陈全国简历 [Biography of Chen Quanguo] (in Chinese). Xinhua News Agency. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i 陈全国简历 [Biography of Chen Quanguo] (in Chinese). People's Daily. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Zhang Qingli
Communist Party Chief of Tibet
August 2011 – present
Political offices
Preceded by
Hu Chunhua
Governor of Hebei
December 2009 – August 2011
Succeeded by
Zhang Qingwei