Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China

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Vice Premiers of the
State Council of the
People's Republic of China
National Emblem of the People's Republic of China (2).svg
Han Zheng
Sun Chunlan
Hu Chunhua
Liu He

since 19 March 2018
StyleVice Premier (副总理)
Reports toPremier of the State Council
SeatRegent Palace, Zhongnanhai, Beijing
NominatorPremier of the State Council
Term lengthFive years, renewable once consecutively
PrecursorVice Premier of the Government Administration Council of the Central People's Government
Inaugural holderChen Yun
FormationSeptember 1954; 67 years ago (1954-09)
WebsiteState Council
Vice Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China
Simplified Chinese中华人民共和国国务院副总理
Traditional Chinese中華人民共和國國務院副總理
Alternative Chinese name
Simplified Chinese国务院副总理
Traditional Chinese國務院副總理

The vice premiers of the State Council of the People's Republic of China (Chinese: 中华人民共和国国务院副总理; pinyin: Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó Guówùyuàn Fùzǒnglǐ) are high-ranking officials under the premier and above the state councillors and ministers.[1] Generally, the title is held by multiple individuals at any given time, with each vice-premier holding a broad portfolio of responsibilities. The first vice-premier takes over duties of the premier at the time of the latter's incapacity. The incumbent vice premiers, in order of rank, are Han Zheng, Sun Chunlan, Hu Chunhua and Liu He.[2]

The highest-ranked office holder is informally called the Senior Vice Premier or First Vice Premier (Chinese: 第一副总理) or Executive Vice Premier (Chinese: 常务副总理), a most prominent case being Deng Xiaoping in the mid-to-late 1970s.[3][4] In irregular instances, the position of a senior vice premier has been named either to indicate degree of power, nominal power, or when the premier is incapacitated and requires a full-time deputy to carry out his regular duties.

Current vice-premiers[edit]

List of vice-premiers[edit]

Vice premiers of the People's Republic of China
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Han Zheng
Rank 1st Member of the Politburo Standing Committee (7th Ranked)

finance, development, reform, land, resources,
environmental protection, housing, urban-rural development, etc.

Name Han Zheng
Constituency Shaanxi At-large
Ethnicity Han
Birthplace Shanghai
took office since 19 March 2018
Sun Chunlan
Rank 2nd Member of the Politburo

education, health, sports, & culture

Name Sun Chunlan
Constituency Jilin At-large
Ethnicity Han
Birthplace Raoyang County, Hebei
took office since 19 March 2018
Hu Chunhua
Rank 3rd Member of the Politburo

agriculture, water resources, commerce, & tourism

Name Hu Chunhua
Constituency Hunan At-large
Ethnicity Han
Birthplace Wufeng County, Hubei
took office since 19 March 2018
Liu He
Rank 4th Member of the Politburo

industry, transport, bank, human resources, & social security

Name Liu He
Constituency Shanxi At-large
Ethnicity Han
Birthplace Beijing
took office since 19 March 2018


  1. ^ "Organic Law of the State Council of the People's Republic of China". National People's Congress. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Who Will Be China's Next Premier?". The Diplomat. 4 August 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  3. ^ "Senior Vice-Premier Teng Hsiao-Ping (Deng Xiaoping) speaking during dinner hosted by Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and Mrs Lee in honour of the visiting People's Republic of China Senior Vice-Premier and delegation at Istana". National Archives of Singapore. Retrieved 2021-11-20.
  4. ^ Xia, Yafeng; Shen, Zhihua (2014). "China's Last Ally: Beijing's Policy toward North Korea during the U.S.–China Rapprochement, 1970–1975". Diplomatic History. Oxford University Press. 38 (5): 1083–1113. ISSN 0145-2096. JSTOR 26376623. Retrieved 2021-11-20.

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