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Chen Min'er (Chinese: 陈敏尔; pinyin: Chén Mǐn'ěr; born 29 September 1960) is a Chinese politician, currently serving as the Communist Party Secretary of Chongqing, an interior region governed as a municipality. Chen spent most of his career in his native Zhejiang province, serving as head of the provincial department of propaganda, and Vice Governor of Zhejiang. In 2013, he was transferred to Guizhou as governor, and in 2015 promoted to provincial Communist Party Secretary.[1][2] Chen was catapulted to prominence in 2017 in the aftermath of the ouster of Chongqing party chief Sun Zhengcai, a move that made him well-positioned for further elevation.[3]

Chen Min'er
陈敏尔
Communist Party Secretary of Chongqing
Assumed office
July 2017
Deputy Zhang Guoqing (mayor)
Tang Liangzhi (zhuanzhi)
General secretary Xi Jinping
Preceded by Sun Zhengcai
Communist Party Secretary of Guizhou
In office
July 2015 – July 2017
Deputy Sun Zhigang (Governor)
Chen Yiqin (party affairs)
General secretary Xi Jinping
Preceded by Zhao Kezhi
Succeeded by Sun Zhigang
Governor of Guizhou
In office
December 2012 – October 2015
Preceded by Zhao Kezhi
Succeeded by Sun Zhigang
Personal details
Born September 1960 (age 57)
Zhuji, Zhejiang, China
Political party Chinese Communist
Alma mater Shaoxing University
Chen Min'er
Chen Min'er (Chinese characters).svg
"Chen Min'er" in Simplified (top) and Traditional (bottom) Chinese characters
Simplified Chinese 陈敏尔
Traditional Chinese 陳敏爾

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CareerEdit

ZhejiangEdit

Chen was born in September 1960 in Zhuji, Zhejiang. From 1978 to 1981 Chen Min'er studied Chinese at Shaoxing Teacher's College (later merged into Shaoxing University) in Zhejiang. After college he worked in the Shaoxing government, rising through the ranks to become the county governor of Shaoxing County in 1991, and Communist Party Secretary (the top position in the county) in 1994. In 1997 Chen was transferred to the neighbouring city of Ningbo to become its Vice Mayor. In 1999 he was promoted to deputy party secretary Ningbo.[2][1]

In December 1999 Chen was appointed the chief editor of Zhejiang Daily, the official government newspaper of Zhejiang province, and in 2001 he became the Propaganda Chief of the Zhejiang Communist Party organization. In June 2002, Chen, then 42, earned a seat on the provincial Party Standing Committee. From May 2007 to January 2012 he was a Vice Governor of Zhejiang.[2] During this period he worked under Zhejiang party secretary Xi Jinping.[1]

GuizhouEdit

In January 2012, Chen was transferred to the southwestern interior province of Guizhou to become its Deputy Party Secretary, and in December he was appointed Acting Governor of Guizhou, succeeding Zhao Kezhi, who had been promoted to Communist Party Secretary. In January 2013 he was officially confirmed as governor by the Guizhou Provincial Congress.[2][1]

In July 2015, Chen was promoted to Party Secretary of Guizhou, becoming only the third provincial party-level chief born after the year 1960 (after Hu Chunhua and Sun Zhengcai). Due to the Communist Party's rigid age-based promotion system, it led to speculation that Chen may be destined for higher office.[4] After taking charge as party secretary, Chen enthusiastically advanced the policies of General secretary Xi Jinping, such as the "Three Stricts and Three Honests" education campaign. Chen also led an initiative to set up formal discussions (yuetan) over alleged wrongdoing by officials in the province, personally taking charge of the most serious cases. In an interview with the media organs of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, Chen repeated the slogan "power must be restricted in the cage of institutions, and power should be exercised in sunshine," (i.e., transparently and openly). Chen set up over 1,400 working committees in neighbourhoods and rural areas in the province to oversee complaints over routine government services.[5]

In Guizhou, Chen instituted a program of poverty reduction and invested heavily in making Guizhou a center of innovation for big data.[6]

ChongqingEdit

In July 2017, Chen was appointed as the Communist Party Secretary of Chongqing municipality, replacing Sun Zhengcai. As Chen assumed leadership over one of the four direct-controlled municipalities, the move assured him a seat in the Politburo (decision-making body) at the 19th Party Congress.[7]

Chen was an alternate member of the 17th Central Committee and a full member of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.[2][1] Chen has been portrayed by overseas media as an associate of Xi Jinping, and has been named as part of the "New Zhijiang Army".[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Chen Min'er". China Vitae. Retrieved 2015-01-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d e 陈敏尔简历 [Biography of Chen Min'er] (in Chinese). Xinhua News Agency. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  3. ^ Buckley, Chris (September 12, 2017). "After Toiling in Rural China, Protégé of Xi Jinping Joins Party's Top Tiers". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ a b Bo, Zhiyue (August 3, 2015). "Is This Man China's Next Leader?". The Diplomat. 
  5. ^ "贵州干部约谈将常态化". Caixin. September 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Xi confidant and rising Chinese political star promoted". Reuters. July 13, 2017. 
  7. ^ 孙政才不再兼任重庆市委书记 陈敏尔担任
Party political offices
Preceded by
Sun Zhengcai
Communist Party Secretary of Chongqing
2017 – present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Zhao Kezhi
Communist Party Secretary of Guizhou
2015–2017
Succeeded by
Sun Zhigang
Preceded by
Si Xinliang
Head of the Propaganda Department of the CPC Zhejiang Provincial Committee
2001–2007
Succeeded by
Huang Kunming
Government offices
Preceded by
Zhao Kezhi
Governor of Guizhou
2012–2015
Succeeded by
Sun Zhigang