Song Renqiong

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Song.

Song Renqiong (Chinese: 宋任穷 or 宋韵琴; pinyin: Sòng Rènqióng or Sòng Yùnqín; July 11, 1909 – January 8, 2005) was a general in the People's Liberation Army of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and one of the Eight Elders of the Communist Party of China.


Song Renqiong was born in Liuyang, Hunan Province.

During the Sino-Japanese War, he was the vice director of the political department of the 129th Division. Toward the end of the Chinese Civil War, he was the vice political commissar of the Northeastern Field Army.

After the establishment of the PRC in 1949, he was the secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC)'s committee in Yunnan Province, Vice Secretary of the Southwestern Bureau of the CPC, Vice Secretary-general of the CPC Central Committee, minister of No. 2, No. 3 and No. 7 Mechanical Industry Department, and No. 1 Secretary of the Northeastern Bureau of CPC. He was the Vice Chairman of the 4th and 5th National Political Consultative Conference. He was an alternative member of the Politburo of the 8th CPC Central Committee, a Secretary of the Central Secretariat of the 11th CPC Central Committee, and a Politburo member of the 12th. He was the vice-chairman of the PRC's Central Advisory Committee.

He died aged 96 in Beijing, following an illness. Though Song Renqiong died before Zhao Ziyang, he requested that his floral wreath and elegiac couplet appear in Zhao's funeral. He was the honorary chairman of the Chinese Volleyball Association.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Secretary of the CPC Yunnan Committee
1950 – 1952
Succeeded by
Xie Fuzhi
Preceded by
Hu Yaobang
Head of CPC Central Organization Department
1978 – 1983
Succeeded by
Qiao Shi