Qin Guangrong

Qin Guangrong 秦光荣

Yunnan Party Secretary


Former Party Secretary of Yunnan

Qin Guangrong


Pronunciation: Chin Gwang-rong soundbite
Born: 1950, Yongzhou City, Hunan Province.
Education: Chinese Department of Hengyang Teacher Special School, Hunan Province.
Career: Early Party career spent in Hunan Province. Moved to Yunnan Province in 1999, became Vice Governor in 2006, Governor in 2007 and Party Secretary in 2011.
Prospects: Was demoted in October 2014, reportedly as a political ally of disgraced official Ling Jihua, now Deputy Director of 12th Internal and Judicial Affairs Committee of the NPC
Relevance to Tibet: Was Party Secretary of Yunnan Province, which contains parts of Tibet.

Standing in the Party and Career Highlights:

Joined the CPC in 1972. Member of the current 17th CPC Committee.

Held senior positions in the Hunan provincial branch of the Communist Youth League of China from 1983-1987. Qin worked his way up through the various levels of local government in Hunan Province between 1987-1998.

Moved to Yunnan Province in 1999 where he was made Secretary of the Political and Legislative Affairs Committee, which oversees the police and other legal enforcement authorities. In 2001 he became director of the Yunnan Organization Department, responsible for Party appointments in the province.

In 2003 Qin was appointed both Deputy Party Secretary and Executive Vice-Governor of Yunnan. Was appointed Acting Governor of Yunnan in 2006, before being confirmed as Governor in 2007.

Qin became Party Secretary of Yunnan Province in August 2011. In October 2014, he was moved to Deputy Director of 12th Internal and Judicial Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress. This is reported to be a demotion because he was seen as a political ally of disgraced official Ling Jihua.

Thanks to his high-level involvement in the Communist Youth League of China (CYLC) in his early career, Qin is often viewed as part of the influential “Youth League faction” of the CPC, which includes President Hu Jintao. The majority of Chinese provinces are now governed by former members of the CYLC.

Qin claims to be a keen environmentalist and has written articles and given speeches on the subject on a number of occasions. However, he also favours large infrastructure and industrial projects, including petro-chemical plants, mines and major river dams. Environmental factors have also been used as an excuse to forcefully settle Tibetan nomads into permanent housing in Yunnan.

Yunnan is often seen as China’s gateway to South East Asia and, as provincial governor, Qin made many official visits to neighbouring countries in order to open trade and transport links. This included trips to Burma (Myanmar) when most Western nations were, and still are, imposing strict trade sanctions on the military regime there.

Quotations By/Comments About:

  • Qin Guangrong, on being appointed Governor of Yunnan Province, January 2007 pledged that he would “be decent as a person, be clean as an official”.
  • Qin Guangrong, in a speech to the 16th congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Kunming, July 2009: “Results of research by world experts has provided significant theoretical guidance and intellectual support for policy-making on ethnic affairs… Local governments there [Yunnan] have been seeking harmony among various ethnic groups while showing sincere respect for cultural differences”.
  • Qin Guangrong, March 2011, to China Daily: “We’ve insisted on establishing Yunnan as an ecologically-oriented province, and trying to achieve maximum economic and social benefits with minimum resource consumption. Sometimes, we’d rather sacrifice a little economic growth for a better environment”.
  • Qin Guangrong, June 2011, to China Daily: “We’re going to build international highways, railways, water routes and oil and gas channels…”

Qin Guangrong’s Contact Information:

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

Post previously held by:

Bai Enpei

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