Governor (People's Republic of China)

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In China, the Governor (Chinese: 省长; pinyin: shěngzhǎng is the head of government of a province. There are currently 23 provincial governors in China.[1]

The governor is the second highest ranking executive in the province and is subordinated to the secretary of the provincial communist party.

Source of talent[edit]

Most if not all governors are not local to the provinces they are appointed to govern.[2][3] In many cases, they are from outside the province and are graduates of the Central Party School or CPC affiliated education institutions.[1] Most governors were deputy governors, bureaucrats in central government offices or officials from others departments of the central communist party of China such as the Communist Youth League.[1][2][3]

Some governors have been rotated from other provinces from poorer provinces to richer coastal provinces. Other previous governors have been appointed positions within the central government. Some previous governors have become party chiefs of their respective provinces.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b c Zhiyue Bo (2007). China's elite politics: political transition and power balancing. Series on contemporary China. World Scientific. p. 385. ISBN 9789812700414. 
  2. ^ a b c Shambaugh, David. 2008. "Training Chinas Political Elite: The Party School System." The China Quarterly 196 (03057410): 827-844. doi:10.1017/S0305741008001148.
  3. ^ a b c Liu, Alan P. L. 2009. "Rebirth and Secularization of the Central Party School in China." The China Journal (62): 105-0_5.