Bai Enpei 白恩培

Expelled from the CPC


Former Party Secretary of Yunnan Province.

Bai Enpei


Pronunciation: Bai (as in eye) Un-pay. soundbite
Born: 1946, Shaanxi Province.
Education: Was a “sent down” youth during Cultural Revolution (like Sichuan Party Secretary Liu Qibao). Graduate of Northwest China Engineering University.
Career: All in provinces with ethnic minorities; Inner Mongolia, Qinghai and Yunnan.
Prospects: Expelled from the CPC following a graft investigation
Relevance to Tibet: Former Party Secretary of Yunnan Province which contains parts of Tibet. Former Member of the Tibet Work Leading Group.

Standing in the Party and Career Highlights:

Current position unknown

Member of 15th, 16th and 17th CPC Central Committees. In 2015 dismissed from public office following a graft investigation.

Party positions in Inner Mongolia since 1990.

In 1997 moved to Qinghai Province; first Governor, then Party Secretary 1999 – 2001.

Party Secretary of Yunnan Province from 2001 to 2011.

Quotations By/Comments About:

  • Xinhua 2010: (Yunnan experiencing its worst drought in about 100 years. Millions are short of food and drinking water.) “To offset these losses, up to 2 million people in Yunnan are expected to migrate for work this year, up from 1.2 million last year, said Bai Enpei,”
  • Guardian (quoting Xinhua) July 2008: (In response to police killing two protesters in a widely reported protest by rubber farmers against low prices paid by authorities.) Bai Enpei said that the provincial authorities should listen “attentively to the complaints and appeal of local residents, making great efforts to rescue the injured people, and consoling family members of the dead to prevent the matter from escalating”.
  • Reuters 2008: (concerning plans to dam the Nu/Salween River, including at World Heritage site Tiger Leaping Gorge. Project was put on hold by Wen Jiabao, permanently scrapped in 2007 by Yunnan authorities despite work having begun in stealth. Plans exist to dam upstream in a Tibetan area.) “Yunnan is still hoping to build controversial dams and hydropower plants on the upper reaches of the Salween River….Bai Enpei, Yunnan’s Communist Party boss, told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of China’s annual meeting of parliament that the dams would bring much needed income to the area, which in turn would help environmental protection. ‘We are actively pushing the development of hydropower plants, including on the Nu River,’ he said…. you would wonder how you could build dams in such a beautiful area. But that’s not the case. It’s in a remote border area, and the trees around have almost all been felled. Only if there is economic development can there be money to protect the environment. You cannot expect the people of the Nu River to keep wearing animal skins and bring in everyone to have a look in the name of ecotourism,’ Bai said. ‘They also have the right to exist, and to development.’”
  • Newsweek, 2000: (When western development plan first announced) “I’m not only going to build roads,” boasts Bai Enpei, Xining’s [Qinghai] Communist Party secretary. “I’m going to pave an Information Superhighway.”

Bai Enpei’s Contact Information:

  • Address: Yunnan Provincial General Office, Wuhuashan, Kunming, Yunnan 650021.
  • Website:
  • Phone: + 86 871 3619773
  • Fax: + 86 871 3618998

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