Sun Chunlan

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Sun.
Sun Chunlan
Head of the United Front Work Department of the Central Committee
Assumed office
31 December 2014
General secretary Xi Jinping
Preceded by Ling Jihua
Communist Party Secretary of Tianjin
In office
November 21, 2012 – December 30, 2014
Preceded by Zhang Gaoli
Succeeded by Huang Xingguo (acting)
Communist Party Secretary of Fujian Province
In office
November 2009 – November 2012
Preceded by Lu Zhangong
Succeeded by You Quan
Personal details
Born May 1950
Raoyang County, Hebei
Political party Communist Party
Alma mater Anshan Industrial Technology College
Occupation Politician

Sun Chunlan (simplified Chinese: 孙春兰; traditional Chinese: 孫春蘭; pinyin: Sūn Chūnlán; born May 1950) is a Chinese politician. She currently serves as the Head of the United Front Work Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, and is a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China. From 2009 to 2014, Sun served in two prominent regional posts, first as Communist Party Secretary of Fujian province, then Party Secretary of Tianjin, one of China's four direct-controlled municipalities. Her tenure in Fujian made her the second female provincial-level party chief since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 (the first was Wan Shaofen).

Prior to her post in Tianjin, Sun served as the party chief of the coastal city of Dalian and as the First Secretary of All-China Federation of Trade Unions.


Sun was born in May 1950 in Raoyang County, Hebei. After graduating with a degree in mechanics from Anshan Industrial Technology Academy in Liaoning, Sun worked at Anshan Clock Factory, which made watches.[1] There she rose from the shop floor to membership of the factory's CPC branch,[2] which she joined in May 1973. She served as the party chief in Dalian from 2001 to 2005, before being transferred to work in Beijing. She has been an alternate member of the 15th and 16th Central Committees of the Communist Party of China, and a full member of the 17th Central Committee. She was elected to the 18th Politburo of the Communist Party of China in November 2012. Ms Sun was named ACFTU Vice-Chair at the Third Session of the 14th ACFTU Executive Committee and First Secretary of the ACFTU Secretariat at the Eighth Session of the 14th ACFTU Presidium In December 2005.

Party Secretary and national leadership[edit]

In a December 2009 re-shuffle, Sun Chunlan was named party boss of Fujian Province,[3] the first female to take such a high-level secretaryship since Wan Shaofen, Party Secretary of Jiangxi in the 1980s. After the 18th Party Congress, Sun became the party chief of Tianjin municipality, China's richest provincial-level jurisdiction by GDP, taking the post vacated by Zhang Gaoli, who became a member of the Politburo Standing Committee. As Party Secretary of Tianjin, Sun joined the elite ranks of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China as one of the two women on the body (the other was Vice-Premier Liu Yandong).

After the investigation and dismissal of former Hu Jintao aide Ling Jihua as head of the Communist Party's United Front Work Department, Sun was named as head of the department on December 31, 2014. Sun was the first United Front chief to hold a concurrent Politburo seat since Ding Guan'gen. Her post in Tianjin was succeeded on an interim basis by Mayor Huang Xingguo.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Sun is widely considered a protégé of Hu Jintao, but it is unclear where and when Sun established her client relationship with Hu. Their political connection likely occurred or was consolidated during her study at the Central Party School in the early 1990s, when Hu served as president of the school." Cheng Li, Sun Chunlan 孙春兰: One of China's Top Future Leaders to Watch. The Brookings Institution John L. Thornton China Center, originally published in the China Leadership Monitor. Accessed on 1 January 2014.
  2. ^ "From Worker to CPC Provincial Secretary". Women of China. 2009-04-12. Retrieved 2009-12-31. [dead link]
  3. ^ South China Morning Post, China Section, 2009 Dec 02
Party political offices
Preceded by
Lu Zhangong
Secretary of the CPC Fujian Committee
Succeeded by
You Quan
Preceded by
Zhang Gaoli
Secretary of the CPC Tianjin Committee
Succeeded by
Huang Xingguo
Preceded by
Ling Jihua
Head of the United Front Work Department
of the Communist Party of China

Succeeded by

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