Chen Qiufa


Chen Qiufa
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Communist Party Secretary of Liaoning
In office
28 October 2017 – 31 August 2020
DeputyTang Yijun
Preceded byLi Xi
Succeeded byZhang Guoqing
Governor of Liaoning
In office
May 2015 – October 2017
Preceded byLi Xi
Succeeded byTang Yijun
Chairman of the Hunan People's Political Consultative Conference
In office
February 2015 – January 2016
Preceded byHu Biao
Succeeded byLi Weiwei
Director of the China National Space Administration
In office
Preceded bySun Laiyan
Succeeded byMa Xingrui
Personal details
BornDecember 1954 (age 67)
Chengbu County, Hunan, China
Political partyCommunist Party of China
Alma materNational University of Defense Technology

Chen Qiufa (Chinese: 陈求发; born December 1954) is a Chinese aerospace engineer and politician of Miao ethnic heritage.[1] He is the Communist Party Secretary and the former Governor of Liaoning province. He formerly served as Director of the China Atomic Energy Authority, Director of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), and Vice-Minister of Industry and Information Technology.[2]

Early life and education

Chen Qiufa was born in December 1954 in Chengdu County (now Chengbu Miao Autonomous County), Hunan Province. He is a member of the Miao minority. He began working in March 1973 as a teacher at Lianxing Elementary School in Chengbu, and joined the Communist Party of China in September 1974.[2]

In September 1975, Chen entered the electrical engineering department of National University of Defense Technology in Changsha, majoring in radar countermeasure. He graduated in October 1978.[2]


After university Chen worked for the Ministry of Aerospace Industry from 1978 to 1994, first as an engineer, and later as a manager. From 1994 to 1998 he worked for China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. From 1998 to 2000 he was Director of the education department of the Commission for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (COSTIND). He was Head of Commission for Discipline Inspection at COSTIND from 2000 to 2005.[2]

From 2005 to 2008 he was Deputy Director of COSTIND. When COSTIND was reorganized and merged into the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) in 2008, he became Director of the State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) under MIIT, as well as Vice-Minister of MIIT.[2] He was also appointed Director of the China Atomic Energy Authority in 2008 and Director of the China National Space Administration in 2010.[1][2]

In January 2013, he left all his positions with MIIT and was tapped to become Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (PPCC) of his native Hunan Province, taking on a political office for the first time. He was also elected in November 2012 as a full member of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.[2]

On May 4, 2015, Chen Qiufa was appointed Acting Governor and Deputy Party Secretary of Liaoning province, succeeding Li Xi, who was promoted to Party Secretary.[1] Along with Ma Xingrui and Zhang Qingwei, Chen was one of a growing number of high regional officials in his generation who rose through the aerospace industry. Chen's appointment to Liaoning also demonstrated that being a provincial-level PPCC chief was no longer considered a "political retirement home" for older politicians, and that holders of this office could still be considered for further promotion.[3] He was appointed as the Party Secretary of Liaoning in 2017.[4] He was replaced by Zhang Guoqing in 2020.[5]

On 17 October 2020, Chen was appointed as the Deputy Chairperson of the National People's Congress Education, Science, Culture and Public Health Committee.


  1. ^ a b c "Chen Qiufa". China Vitae. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g 陈求发任辽宁省代省长 [Chen Qiufa appointed acting governor of Liaoning]. People's Daily (in Chinese). 2015-05-08.
  3. ^ "湖南政协主席陈求发任辽宁省委副书记 曾任国家航天局长(简历)". May 5, 2015.; He Lifeng is another prominent example of this arrangement.
  4. ^ "广东等4省省委主要负责同志职务调整". Xinhua. 2017-10-28. Retrieved 2017-10-28.
  5. ^ "辽宁浙江省委主要负责同志职务调整" (in Chinese). Xinhua. 2020-09-01. Archived from the original on 2020-09-17. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
Political offices
Preceded by Governor of Liaoning
Succeeded by
Preceded by Chairman of the
Hunan People's Political Consultative Conference

Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by Communist Party Secretary of Liaoning
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