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|Second-ranked Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China|
March 16, 2013
|Preceded by||Hui Liangyu|
|State Councilor of the People's Republic of China|
March 17, 2008 – March 16, 2013
Serving with Liang Guanglie, Ma Kai, Meng Jianzhu, Dai Bingguo
|Member of the 17th,18th Central Politburo of the Communist Party of China|
|General Secretary||Hu Jintao
|Political party||Communist Party of China|
|Alma mater||Tsinghua University|
Liu Yandong (Chinese: 刘延东; pinyin: Liú Yàndōng) (born November 1945) is an official of the Communist Party of China currently serving as Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China, and is the eldest member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China. She previously held the post of State Councilor. Since the retirement of Wu Yi, she has been the highest-ranked female politician in the Party, and one of only two women with a seat on the Politburo.
Early life and education
A native of Nantong, Jiangsu, Liu graduated from Tsinghua University in 1970 with a degree in chemistry. On April 13, 2009, Stony Brook University conferred Madame Liu Yandong with an Honorary Doctor of Laws.
Between 2002 and 2007, she served as the head of the United Front, an organization that keeps non-Communist Chinese political parties in line with the general ideology of the Communist Party. Having long been an ally of Party General Secretary Hu Jintao and ascended from the ranks of the Communist Youth League, she entered the 17th Politburo of the Communist Party of China in 2007. At the 2008 National People's Congress she was elected State Councilor, and was not elected as a Vice-Premier.
At the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2012, she was elected to the 18th Politburo of the Communist Party of China. A few months later, at the first plenary session of the 12th National People's Congress in 2013, she was also appointed second vice premier in Li Keqianq's cabinet.
|Party political offices|
|Head of CPC United Front Work Department
2002 – 2007