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Chen Chuanping (Chinese: 陈川平; born February 1962) is a former Chinese politician and businessman. Chen spent 26 years in state-owned Taiyuan Iron & Steel (Group) Co. Ltd, he served as the president of Taiyuan Iron & Steel (Group) Co. Ltd. from 2001 to 2008.[1] He served as the Communist Party Secretary of Taiyuan between 2010 and 2014. He was abruptly removed from office by the Communist Party's top disciplinary body in August 2014 for corruption, then tried on charges of bribery and abuse of power. He was sentenced to six years in prison.

Chen Chuanping
Communist Party Secretary of Taiyuan
In office
September 2010 – August 2014
Preceded byShen Weichen
Succeeded byWu Zhenglong
Vice-Governor of Shanxi
In office
January 2008 – November 2010
GovernorWang Jun
Personal details
BornFebruary 1962 (age 57)
Pinglu County, Shanxi
Political partyCommunist Party of China (1985–2015, expelled)
Alma materShenyang University
Xi'an Jiaotong University
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese


Chen was born and raised in Pinglu County, Shanxi. The prominent Ling political family, whose members include Ling Jihua and Ling Zhengce, were from the same county in Shanxi province. After the resumption of university entrance examination, Chen entered Shenyang University in September 1979, studying at the department of mechanics, where he graduated in August 1982. Chen also earned a Master of Science degree from Xi'an Jiaotong University in November 2006.

Chen joined the workforce in August 1982 and joined the Communist Party of China in March 1985.

Chen spent much of his earlier career in the steel industry. Beginning in 1982, Chen worked for the Taiyuan Iron and Steel Group, serving as a technologist, director, factory manager, and general manager. Chen served as the chairman of Taiyuan Iron and Steel Group between December 2001 to April 2008.[1] From September 2007 to April 2008, he also served as the chairman of Taigang Stainless Steel.

Chen made a transition from business to politics in 2008. Chen became the Vice Governor of Shanxi in January of that year, and remained in the position until November 2010. In September 2010, Chen was appointed the Party Secretary of the provincial capital Taiyuan and a member of the provincial Party Standing Committee, succeeding Shen Weichen.[1]

On August 23, 2014, Chen was being investigated by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China (CCDI) for "serious violations of laws and regulations".[2] On August 28, Chen was removed from his government posts by the Chinese government.[3]

On February 17, 2015, at the conclusion of the CCDI investigation, Chen was expelled from the Communist Party. The investigation concluded that Chen "accepted bribes personally and through his family, used his political position to obtain illicit gain for the activities of his friends and family and for the promotion of officials, abused his power, and caused major loss of state assets." He was also indicted on charges of criminal bribery and abuse of power, and his case transferred to judicial authorities for prosecution.[4] Chen was sentenced to six and a half years in prison for taking bribes and abuse of power, and fined three hundred thousand yuan.[5]


  1. ^ a b c More Officials in Scandal-Hit Shanxi Come under CDIC Scrutiny
  2. ^ 山西省委常委、太原市委书记陈川平接受调查 Archived August 26, 2014, at the Wayback Machine(in Chinese)
  3. ^ 中央决定免去陈川平、聂春玉领导职务(in Chinese)
  4. ^ "山西省委原常委、太原市委原书记陈川平被"双开"". Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. Retrieved 2015-02-17.
  5. ^ "Former Shanxi capital Party chief sentenced for corruption". Xinhua. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
Party political offices
Shen Weichen
Communist Party Secretary of Taiyuan
Wu Zhenglong