Chen Yixin
Chen in 2021
6th Minister of State Security
Assumed office
30 October 2022
PremierLi Keqiang
Li Qiang
Preceded byChen Wenqing
Secretary General of Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission
In office
March 2018 – March 2023
General SecretaryXi Jinping
Preceded byWang Yongqing
Succeeded byYin Bai [zh]
Personal details
Born (1959-09-01) 1 September 1959 (age 63)
Taishun County, Zhejiang, China
Political partyChinese Communist Party
EducationLishui Teacher's College
Zhejiang Provincial Party School

Chen Yixin (Chinese: 陈一新; born 1 September 1959) is a Chinese politician who is the current Minister of State Security and the former secretary-general of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party from 2018 to 2023. He has led the Ministry of State Security (MSS) since 2022.

Early life and education

Chen was born in Taishun County, Zhejiang. He graduated with a degree in physics from Lishui Teacher's College (now Lishui University), where he served as a leader in the school's Communist Youth League.[1]

Political career

He has served as deputy Secretary-General of Zhejiang Party Committee. In 2012 he became party secretary of Jinhua. On 3 January 2013, he became Communist Party Secretary of Wenzhou, a post which he served until 1 December 2015.[1] Between December 2014 and December 2015, Chen was also a member of the Zhejiang Communist Party Standing Committee.

Chen later became the deputy director of the Office of the Central Leading Group for Comprehensively Deepening Reforms in 2015 until 2016.[2] On 26 June 2017, Chen was appointed as the Communist Party Secretary of Wuhan, a position he held until 20 March 2018, as well as deputy party secretary of Hubei.[3]

In March 2018, Chen Yixin succeeded Wang Yongqing as the Secretary-General of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission.[4][5]

In 2020, Chen was announced to be leading efforts related to the 2019-20 coronavirus epidemic.[6]

In 2022, Chen was tapped to lead the Ministry of State Security.


  1. ^ a b "温州市委书记陈一新任浙江省委常委(图/简历)" [Chen Yixin, secretary of the Wenzhou Municipal Party Committee, was appointed as a member of the Standing Committee of the Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee (picture/resume)]. IFeng. December 28, 2014.
  2. ^ "浙江省委常委、温州书记调任中央深改办" [Member of Standing Committee of Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee and Secretary of Wenzhou transferred to the Central Deep Reform Office]. Ifeng. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  3. ^ "中央改革办专职副主任陈一新任湖北省委副书记、武汉市委书记" [Chen Yixin, deputy director of Central Reform Office, appointed deputy secretary of Hubei Provincial Party Committee and secretary of Wuhan Municipal Party Committee]. The Paper. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  4. ^ "陈一新调任中央政法委委员、秘书长:武汉是我心中最深的烙印" [Chen Yixin transferred to Central Political and Legal Committee and Secretary-General: Wuhan is the deepest imprint in my heart]. The Paper. 2018-03-24. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  5. ^ "Xi Jinping calls in Chen Yixin to tackle corruption... and potential opposition". Intelligence Online. 2022-11-18. Retrieved 2022-11-30.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Coronavirus: China sends new officials to take charge of Hubei outbreak". Straits Times. 2020-02-08. Retrieved 2020-02-11.

Government offices Preceded byChen Wenqing Minister of State Security 30 October 2022 – present Succeeded byIncumbent Preceded byRuan Chengfa Communist Party Secretary of Wuhan 26 June 2017 – 20 March 2018 Succeeded byMa Guoqiang Preceded byChen Derong Communist Party Secretary of Wenzhou 3 January 2013 – 1 December 2015 Succeeded byXu Liyi