Chen Guangyi
Director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China
In office
December 1993 – June 1998
Preceded byJiang Zhuping
Succeeded byLiu Jianfeng
Communist Party Secretary of Fujian
In office
March 1986 – December 1993
Preceded byXiang Nan
Succeeded byJia Qinglin
Governor of Gansu
In office
April 1983 – March 1986
Preceded byLi Dengying
Succeeded byJia Zhijie
Personal details
BornAugust 1933 (age 90)
Putian, Fujian, China
Political partyChinese Communist Party
Alma materNortheast China Engineering College

Chen Guangyi (Chinese: 陈光毅; born August 1933) was a Chinese politician. He served as Governor of Gansu Province, Communist Party Secretary of Fujian Province, and Director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Under his leadership, Fujian achieved record economic growth that exceeded the national rate in the 20th century.

Early life and career

Chen Guangyi was born in August 1933 in Putian, Fujian Province. After graduating from the Mechanical-Electrical Department of Northeast China Engineering College (now Northeastern University) in 1953, he began working as a technician at the Ministry of Metallurgy. He joined the Chinese Communist Party in 1959.[1][2]

Career in Gansu

By 1960 Chen was working in Gansu Province in Northwest China, serving as a deputy division head for the Heavy Industry Department of Gansu, and Director of the Production Office of the Northwest China Nonferrous Metallurgical Design Academy (1964–1975). In 1980 he was promoted to Deputy Director of the Gansu Provincial Planning Committee,[1] In March 1983, he was promoted to Deputy Party Secretary of Gansu, and a month later, Governor of Gansu Province. As governor, he focused on poverty relief, soil erosion, and mining. He became a member of the 12th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party in September 1985.[3]

Career in Fujian

In March 1986, Chen was transferred to his home province of Fujian to serve as its Party Chief. It was said that Jia Qinglin, a northerner, was intended to replace the retiring party chief Xiang Nan, but because of opposition from Fujianese cadres, the top post of the province went to Chen Guangyi instead.[3]

Chen's performance as the top leader of Fujian was mixed. Starting in 1988, there was an infusion of Taiwanese investment and a record level of economic growth and foreign investment. Chen also supported the Xiamen special economic zone and Deng Xiaoping's southern tour of 1992.[3] He responded swiftly and effectively to the complaints, and throughout the rest of 1992, he worked with officials from Xiamen, Quanzhou, and Zhangzhou in southern Fujian on a strategy for growth. This resulted in strong performances in 1993, when Fujian had record economic growth which exceeded the national rate.[3]

National government

In 1993, Chen was appointed Director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, and served in that position until 1998.[1] After 1998, he mainly worked in the National People's Congress (NPC), serving as Chairman of the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee in the 9th NPC (1998–2003), and as Chairman of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Committee in the 10th NPC (2003–2008).[1]

Chen was a member of the 12th to the 15th Central Committees of the Chinese Communist Party.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Chen Guangyi". China Viate. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  2. ^ "陈光毅简历". People's Daily (in Chinese). Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Cheung, Peter T. Y.; Lin, Zhimin (1998). Provincial Strategies of Economic Reform in Post-Mao China: Leadership, Politics, and Implementation. M.E. Sharpe. pp. 313–4. ISBN 978-0-7656-0147-6.