Jiang Chunyun

Jiang Chunyun (1930- ), native of Laixi County, Shandong Province.

Member of the Political Bureau of 15th CPC Central Committee; vice chairman of 9th NPC Standing Committee.

Born in a carpenter's family in the countryside of Laixi County, Shandong Province in 1930, Jiang Chunyun started to do farm work as his childhood. In primary school, he jumped from the second grade to the fourth because he did exceedingly well in his studies. With his family in straitened circumstances, Jiang discontinued his studies after graduating from primary school and has since never formally returned to school.

Jiang started to take revolutionary work at the age of 16 and became a CPC member a year later. Jiang once served as primary school teacher, secretary of CPC Laixi County Committee, and director of the county General Office of CPC County Committee. Later, he worked successively in the Laiyang (in Shandong) Prefectural Department of Production and Cooperation, Qingdao City Foreign Trade Company and Propaganda Department of CPC's Shandong Provincial Committee.

Later, he was transferred to be deputy director of the General Office, then secretary-general, and deputy secretary and concurrently secretary-general of the CPC's Shandong Provincial Committee.

From 1984 to 1987, Jiang served as Party secretary of Jinan City. During the period, he attended the correspondence class of the Chinese Language and Literature Self-Study University. In 1987, he became acting governor and then governor of Shandong Province.

He served as secretary of CPC Shandong Provincial Committee in 1993-1994.

Jiang, who is familiar with agriculture and rural work, was made vice-premier, 1995-1998.

In 1994, he was elected member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, and became member of 13th to 15th CPC Central Committees in 1987 and 1997. He was elected and reelected member of the Political Bureau of 14th and 15th CPC Central Committee, 1992 and 1997.

He, deputy to 7th and 8th NPC, was elected vice chairman of 9th NPC Standing Committee, 1998.

Jiang became a part-time professor of Shandong University, though he himself has never attended formal college. He has only got the correspondence education and studied twice in Party school. For decades, Jiang has undergone a difficult path of self-education. He reads extensively. After he became a provincial leader, he persists in writing some important speeches and articles by himself. He has also compiled a number of books himself in spare time.

Jiang's wife, Li Zhi'e, is a daughter of a revolutionary martyr. They have two sons and a daughter.