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Jiang Minkuan

Jiang Minkuan
Governor of Sichuan
In office
Preceded byYang Xizong
Succeeded byZhang Haoruo
Personal details
BornMay 1930
Wu County, Jiangsu
Died6 June 2012 (aged 82)
Political partyCommunist Party of China

Jiang Minkuan (Chinese: 蒋民宽; May 1930 – 6 June 2012) was a politician and engineer of the People's Republic of China. He served as Governor of Sichuan province, deputy director of the State Science and Technology Commission, and deputy head of the United Front Work Department.[1]


Jiang Minkuan was a native of Wu County (now part of Suzhou), Jiangsu province. He joined the Communist Party of China in June 1961.[1] Starting in 1950 he worked as an engineer in the non-ferrous metal industry in Northeast China. In 1952 he studied Russian in Fushun, Liaoning province, and later trained and worked at an aluminium factory in the Ural region of the Soviet Union. After returning to China, he worked as a manager at the state-owned No. 101 Factory starting in 1955. In 1966 be became the deputy chief engineer of the state-owned No. 122 Factory, later promoted to chief engineer and general manager of the factory.[1]

In 1982, Jiang was appointed Deputy Communist Party Chief and Vice Governor of Sichuan province,[1] and three years later was promoted to Governor of Sichuan. He attempted to open up Sichuan's economy by linking it more closely with the Soviet Union and other Eastern European countries.[2]:382 However, his proposal was deemed "unrealistic" by premier Zhao Ziyang and was criticized by Yang Rudai, then Communist Party Chief of Sichuan. Due to his conflict with Yang, Jiang was replaced by Zhang Haoruo as Sichuan governor and transferred to the central government in 1988.[2]:390–1

In 1988 Jiang was appointed deputy director of the State Science and Technology Commission and head of the State Intellectual Property Office, and in 1990 he became the executive deputy head of the United Front Work Department, a minister-level position.[1]

Jiang was an alternate member of the 12th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, and a full member of the 13th and 14th Central Committees.[1]

Jiang retired in April 2004. He died on 6 June 2012 in Beijing, aged 82.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "蒋民宽同志逝世" [Jiang Minkuan passes away]. People's Daily (in Chinese). 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2013-08-05.
  2. ^ a b Peter T. Y. Cheung; Jae Ho Chung; Chae-ho Chŏng; et al., eds. (1998). Provincial Strategies of Economic Reform in Post-Mao China: Leadership, Politics, and Implementation. M. E. Sharpe. ISBN 9780765621498.
Political offices
Preceded by
Yang Xizong
Governor of Sichuan
Succeeded by
Zhang Haoruo