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|Minister of Culture|
17 March 2008 – December 2014
|Preceded by||Sun Jiazheng|
|Succeeded by||Luo Shugang|
|Born||October 1949 (age 69)|
|Political party||Communist Youth League of China|
|Alma mater||Peking University|
Cai Wu was born in Gansu Province. During the Cultural Revolution, Cai was forced to leave his home in the Wudu region of Gansu. He first went to Gaotai county, and then worked in the coal mines of Shandan county. At the same time, he worked as a communications officer for the Gansu Daily newspaper.
In October 1976, Cai was transferred to the Gansu coal authority, and became the body's political affairs cadre. After retaking the National College Entrance Examination, Cai entered Peking University in 1978. He majored in international politics, and taught at the international relations school after graduation.
In 1983, Cai joined the Communist Youth League of China, and served as the head minister of the League's Central Ministry of International Communication, before rising to become a member of the League's Central Standing Committee, and the person in charge of national youth outreach.
In 1995, Cai became an analyst at the International Department Central Committee of CPC, and in the same year rose to the position of assistant secretary of the department. In 1997, he became the deputy minister of the department. In August 2005, Cai became the head of the Information Office of the State Council. He was appointed as Minister of Culture in March 2008.
He retired after having reached the age of 65 from his post as Minister of Culture in December 2014.