Yuan Jiajun

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Yuan Jiajun
Governor of Zhejiang
Assumed office
April 2017
Preceded byChe Jun
Personal details
BornSeptember 1962 (age 56)
Tonghua, Jilin
Political partyCommunist Party of China
Alma materBeijing Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Yuan Jiajun (Chinese: 袁家军; born September 1962) is a Chinese aerospace engineer and politician, currently serving as Governor and Deputy Communist Party Secretary of Zhejiang province. Before his political career, Yuan was best known for his role as chief of the Shenzhou program, which carried the first Chinese man into space.

Life and career[edit]

Yuan was born in Tonghua, Jilin Province. In September 1980, Yuan graduated from Beijing Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, majoring in aircraft design and applied mechanics. In July 1984 he joined the Ministry of Aerospace Industry. After graduation, he worked as a graduate research student. He studied abroad at the German Aerospace Center, returning to China in August 1990 to work for the "501 office". He ascended the ranks of the ministry steadily, taking on increasingly senior administrative roles. In April 2000, he was named commander of the Shenzhou manned spaceflight program. Thereafter he gained a doctorate from his alma mater, now renamed Beihang University.

Yuan became vice-president of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation in November 2007, and became involved in the Lunar Mission and the join Chinese-Russian mission to explore Mars. He became involved in politics in 2012, joining the party standing committee in Ningxia, and becoming vice-chairman of Ningxia in 2013, and overseeing the operations of the Ningdong Energy and Chemical Operations Industry Base (宁东能源化工基地). In August 2014, Yuan was named a party standing committee member of the prosperous coastal Zhejiang province, then assumed the post of executive vice governor.[1]

In November 2016, Yuan was named deputy party chief of Zhejiang and head of the Political and Legal Affairs Commission of Zhejiang.[2] In April 2017, Yuan was appointed as acting governor of Zhejiang; he was confirmed on July 7.[3]

Yuan has received numerous awards for his work in the Chinese Space Program.

Yuan was an alternate member of the 17th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.


  1. ^ ""航天少帅"袁家军转任浙江省委常委、常务副省长". 财新网. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
  2. ^ "袁家军不再担任浙江省副省长". 澎湃新闻. Retrieved 2016-11-03.
  3. ^ "袁家軍任浙江省副省長、代省長,此前擔任浙江省委副書記". 澎湃新闻. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Che Jun
Governor of Zhejiang
Preceded by
Wang Huizhong
Deputy Party Secretary of Zhejiang
Succeeded by
Tang Yijun