Chen Wenqing

Chen Wenqing 陈文清

Minister for State Security


China’s top spy. Ministry of State Security gathers information about those seeking to overthrow China’s socialist system.


Pronunciation: Chen Wen-ching
Born: 1960, near Chengdu, Sichuan Province.
Education: Graduated from Department of Law Southwest University of Political Science and Law.
Career: Spent 12 years working in Public Security in Sichuan Province, then chief of Sichuan’s State Security Bureau. More recently worked with the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, rising to deputy chief in 2012. He remains a member of the Commission, signalling the increasing power of the “anti-graft” agency.
Prospects: Member of 17th and 18th CPC Central Committee.
Relevance to Tibet: Responsible for intelligence-gathering abroad and at home, to protect against social disorder caused by enemies working to overthrow China’s socialist system.

Standing in the Party and Career Highlights:

This is a “mini” profile. See information in Overview box above right. Read the South China Morning Post‘s report of Chen’s appointment as Minister of State Security in October 2015.

Chen Wenqing’s Contact Information:

  • Address: Ministry of State Security, No.14 Dong Chang’an Jie, Beijing 100741.
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