Ling Yun

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Ling Yun
1st Minister of Public Security
In office
June 1983 – September 1985
Preceded by None
Succeeded by Jia Chunwang
Personal details
Born Wu Peilin
(1917-06-29)29 June 1917
Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China
Died 15 March 2018(2018-03-15) (aged 100)
Beijing, China
Political party Communist Party of China
Ling Yun
Traditional Chinese 凌雲
Simplified Chinese 凌云

Ling Yun (Chinese: 凌云; 29 June 1917 – 15 March 2018), born as Wu Peilin (吴沛霖), was a politician of the People's Republic of China, who served as the first Minister of State Security.


Ling Yun was born in Jiaxing, Zhejiang on 29 June 1917. He joined the Chinese Communist Party in April 1938. After a period of political activism in Shanxi province, he arrived in the central party base in Yan'an, Shaanxi, in 1939. Here he joined and advanced in the ranks of the Central Department of Social Affairs, led, at the time, by Kang Sheng.

After the founding of the People’s Republic of China and dissolution of the Social Affairs Department, he served in the public security sector, first in Ji’nan, Shandong, and beginning in 1952 in the Ministry of Public Security, where he advanced to the post of vice-minister. Ling Yun was Minister of State Security from June 1983 to September 1985.[1]


  1. ^ 国家安全部原部长凌云逝世,享年101岁 (in Chinese); accessed 22 March 2018.
Government offices
Preceded by
Minister of State Security
Succeeded by
Jia Chunwang