Deng Nan

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Deng Nan
Vice-chairperson and Party Secretariat of the China Association for Science and Technology
In office
Secretary of the China Association for Science and Technology
In office
Personal details
BornOctober 1945
Political partyCommunist Party of China
Spouse(s)Zhang Hong
RelationsDeng Lin, Deng Pufang, Deng Rong, Deng Zhifang
ChildrenDeng Zhuorui
ParentsDeng Xiaoping
Zhuo Lin
EducationPeking University

Deng Nan (simplified Chinese: 邓楠; traditional Chinese: 鄧楠; pinyin: Dèng Nán) (born October 1945 in Guang'an, Sichuan) is a Chinese politician and physicist.

Early life[edit]

Deng was born the second daughter of Deng Xiaoping with his third wife Zhuo Lin.[1]

Deng studied physics at Peking University from 1964-1970.[2] During university, she was secretary of the branch Communist Youth League of China.[3] In Spring 1968, Nie Yuanzi directed Red Guards to detain Deng and her elder brother Deng Pufang. They were imprisoned in separate rooms of the physics department in an attempt to force self-criticisms from each. Deng was released relatively soon, whereas her brother was held and tortured for four months.[4]

In 1970, Deng was sent to the Gaozhaizi Commune in present-day Ningqiang County for reeducation.[5] She was assigned to the people's welfare production brigade at Dingjiawan (Chinese: 丁家湾), where she lived with the family of the branch secretary Jiang Yingchang.[3] She participated in constructing terraces, drying cereals, collecting firewood, and other labour. In her first year, Deng was referred to as the most zealous of the intellectual youth sent to Ningqiang County.[3]


She served as vice minister of China's State Science and Technology Commission (1998 - November 2004).[1] She was a member of the 17th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

She is considered to be a member of the Crown Prince Party.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Deng's university classmate Zhang Hong (Chinese: 张宏) was sent to the same commune in Ningqiang County, where the two frequently cooked food and collected firewood together. They are thought to have already been romantically involved at this point.[3] The two later had a daughter in 1972 called Deng Zhuorui (Chinese: 邓卓芮),[7] alternatively known as Mianmian (Chinese: 眠眠).[8] Zhuorui married the CEO of Anbang Insurance Group, Wu Xiaohui in 2004. It was Wu's third marriage and they had one son. In 2014, Zhuorui ceased being a shareholder in two companies owned by Anbang, which was followed by news of the couple's separation in 2015.[9]



  1. ^ a b Sleeman, Elizabeth (2002). The International Who's Who of Women 2002. Europa Publications. p. 138. ISBN 1-85743-122-7.
  2. ^ fw013 (28 April 2014). "邓楠的现任丈夫是谁?邓楠曾是官职最高的邓家子女" [Who is Deng Nan's current husband? Deng Nan once held the highest bureacratic position of all the Deng family's children]. Laoren. Archived from the original on 3 February 2017. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Cheng 程, Hongyi 宏毅 (24 February 2011). "邓小平女儿邓楠在宁强的日子 (2)" [Deng Xiaoping's daughter Deng Nan's days of resettlement in Ningqiang county(2), Shaanxi]. Renmin Wang. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  4. ^ Kohrman (2003), p. 113.
  5. ^ Cheng 程, Hongyi 宏毅 (23 February 2011). "组图:邓小平女儿邓楠 在陕西宁强县插队的日子" [Album: Deng Xiaoping's daughter Deng Nan's days of resettlement in Ningqiang county, Shaanxi]. Renmin Wang. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  6. ^ Touzi Zhongguo Pékin et ses princes rouges Courrier International, 1 mars 2004
  7. ^ He 何, Qinglian 清涟 (23 August 2015). "何清涟:天津大爆炸后谣言倒逼真相的信息战" [He Qinglian: After the explosion in Tianjin, a communication war forces the truth from rumours]. VOA. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  8. ^ Sometimes misspelt with the characters 棉棉.
  9. ^ "传邓小平外孙女有病 婚姻名存实亡(图)" [It's spreading that Deng Xiaoping's granddaughter is ill. The marriage exists in name only (Images)]. Wenxue City. 2 January 2015. Missing or empty |url= (help)

Works Cited[edit]

  • Kohrman, Matthew (2003). "Authorizing a Disability Agency in Post-Mao China: Deng Pufang's Story as Biomythography". Cultural Anthropology. 18 (1): 99–131. doi:10.1525/can.2003.18.1.99.