Chen Min'er

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Chen Min'er
Communist Party Secretary of Guizhou
Assumed office
July 2015
Deputy Sun Zhigang (Governor)
Chen Yiqin (party affairs)
Preceded by Zhao Kezhi
Governor of Guizhou
In office
December 2012 – October 2015
Preceded by Zhao Kezhi
Succeeded by Sun Zhigang
Personal details
Born September 1960 (age 56)
Zhuji, Zhejiang, China
Political party Communist Party of China
Alma mater Shaoxing University

Chen Min'er (Chinese: ; born September 1960) is a Chinese politician, currently serving as the Communist Party Secretary of Guizhou province. Chen spent most of his career in his native Zhejiang province, serving as Vice Governor of Zhejiang prior to his transfer to Guizhou as governor.[1][2]



Chen was born in September 1960 in of Zhuji, Zhejiang. From 1978 to 1981 Chen Min'er studied Chinese at Shaoxing Teacher's College (later merged into Shaoxing University) in Zhejiang. After college he worked in the Shaoxing government, rising through the ranks to become the county governor of Shaoxing County in 1991, and party chief (the top position in the county) in 1994. In 1997 Chen was transferred to the neighbouring city of Ningbo to become its Vice Mayor. In 1999 he was promoted to deputy party chief Ningbo.[1][2]

In December 1999 Chen was appointed the chief editor of Zhejiang Daily, the official government newspaper of Zhejiang province, and in 2001 he became the Propaganda Chief of the Zhejiang Communist Party organization. In June 2002, Chen, then 42, earned a seat on the provincial Party Standing Committee. From May 2007 to January 2012 he was a Vice Governor of Zhejiang.[1] During this period he worked under Zhejiang party chief Xi Jinping.[2]


In January 2012, Chen was transferred to the southwestern interior province of Guizhou to become its Deputy Party Secretary, and in December he was appointed Acting Governor of Guizhou, succeeding Zhao Kezhi, who had been promoted to Communist Party Chief. In January 2013 he was officially confirmed as governor by the Guizhou Provincial Congress.[1][2]

In July 2015, Chen was promoted to Party Secretary of Guizhou, becoming only the third provincial party-level chief born after the year 1960 (after Hu Chunhua and Sun Zhengcai). Due to the Communisty Party's rigid age-based promotion system, it led to speculation that Chen may be destined for higher office.[3] After taking charge as party chief, Chen enthusiastically advanced the policies of Xi Jinping, such as the "Three Stricts and Three Honests" education campaign. Chen also led an initiative to set up formal discussions (yuetan) over alleged wrongdoing by officials in the province, personally taking charge of the most serious cases. In an interview with the media organs of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, Chen repeated the slogan "power must be restricted in the cage of institutions, and power should be exercised in sunshine," (i.e., transparently and openly). Chen set up over 1,400 working committees in neighbourhoods and rural areas in the province to oversee complaints over routine government services.[4]

Chen was an alternate member of the 17th Central Committee and a full member of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.[1][2] Chen has been portrayed by overseas media as an associate of Xi Jinping, and has been named as part of the "New Zhijiang Army".[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e 陈敏尔简历 [Biography of Chen Min'er] (in Chinese). Xinhua News Agency. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Chen Min'er". China Vitae. Retrieved 2015-01-12. 
  3. ^ a b Bo, Zhiyue (August 3, 2015). "Is This Man China's Next Leader?". The Diplomat. 
  4. ^ "贵州干部约谈将常态化". Caixin. September 11, 2015. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Zhao Kezhi
Communist Party Secretary of Guizhou
2015 – present
Preceded by
Si Xinliang
Head of the Propaganda Department of Zhejiang Province
2001 – 2007
Succeeded by
Huang Kunming
Political offices
Preceded by
Zhao Kezhi
Governor of Guizhou
2012 – 2015
Succeeded by
Sun Zhigang