Yang Chuantang

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

Yang Chuantang (simplified Chinese: 杨传堂; traditional Chinese: 楊傳堂; pinyin: Yáng Chuántáng; born May 1954 in Yucheng, Dezhou, Shandong) is the Minister of Transport of the People's Republic of China. He has also served as the vice-chairman of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission, governor of Qinghai Province, and party chief of the Tibet Autonomous Region.[1]


He joined the Communist Youth League[2] and then the Communist Party of China in 1976. In 1996, he studied Tibet at the Central Party School and described being "fascinated with" Tibet and its "long hours of sunshine, rich water resources, and diversified geological and climate conditions".[3]

Having worked in the petrochemical industry,[2] he was appointed governor of Qinghai Province from January to December 2004. His promotion to party secretary of the committee for Tibet Autonomous Region from December 2004 to May 2006 was seen as part of a trend in appointing "more highly educated and competent" administrators to lead provincial governments.[2]

In August 2012, Yang Chuangtang was appointed to succeed Li Shenglin as Minister of Transport.[4] At the first plenary session of the 12th National People's Congress in March 2013, he was re-elected.[5]

Yang is a member of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. He was also a member of the 17th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and an alternate member of the 16th Central Committee.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Zhao Leji
Governor of Qinghai
2003 – 2004
Succeeded by
Song Xiuyan
Preceded by
Guo Jinlong
Secretary of the CPC Tibet Committee
2004 – 2006
Succeeded by
Zhang Qingli