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The office of Deputy Secretary-General of the State Council (Chinese: 国务院副秘书长) functions as the deputy to the Secretary-General. Currently, seven people serve as deputy secretary-general. The Deputy Secretary-General can hold concurrent positions. In general the Deputy Secretary-General has equivalent administrative rank as a vice minister of the state, though occasionally some Deputy Secretaries General will hold the rank of a minister.

Historically, the Deputy Secretary-General has been a powerful position. Its title holders are often involved in the day-to-day management of government and has direct access to the state council's most important officeholders, including the Premier and Vice-Premiers. Many Deputy Secretaries-General are later promoted to higher positions such as leading a ministry or a province. Ma Kai and Wang Yang eventually ascended to become Vice-Premier.

List of officeholders

Name
(birth–death)
Chinese
characters
Took office Left office Tenure Notes Ref.
Qi Yanming
(1907–1978)
齐燕铭 1 November 1954 March 1965 10 years, 120 days
Tao Xijin
(1908–1992)
陶希晋 August 1959 4 years, 273 days
Chang Lifu
(1912–2006)
常黎夫 February 1959 4 years, 92 days
Zhang Ce
(1911–1999)
张策 April 1958 3 years, 151 days
Gong Zirong
(1914–1995)
龚子荣 March 1965 10 years, 120 days
Zeng Yifan
(1907–1967)
曾一凡 March 1965 10 years, 120 days
Yang Fangzhi
(1908–2003)
杨放之 May 1966 11 years, 181 days
Zhao Shougong
(1912–1979)
赵守攻 August 1958 February 1965 6 years, 184 days
Yang Dongchun
(1900–1979)
杨东莼 August 1959 May 1966 6 years, 273 days
Tong Xiaopeng
(1914–2007)
童小鹏 6 years, 273 days
Feng Xuan
(1915–1986)
冯铉 March 1965 5 years, 212 days
Gao Dengbang
(1914–1993)
高登榜 May 1966 6 years, 273 days
Lu Yuwen
(1900–1968)
卢郁文 March 1965 6 years, 273 days
Zhou Rongxin
(1917–1976)
周荣鑫 October 1963 January 1965 1 year, 92 days
Zhao Pengfei
(1920–2005)
赵鹏飞 May 1966 2 years, 212 days
Luo Qingchang
(1918–2014)
罗青长 March 1965 1 year, 61 days
Xu Ming
(1919–1966)
许明 1 year, 61 days
Zheng Siyuan
(1914–2017)
郑思远 1 year, 61 days Purged during Cultural Revolution
Vacant during 4th National People's Congress (1975-March 1979)
Wu Qingtong
(1924–2016)
吴庆彤 March 1979 November 1985 6 years, 245 days
Zheng Siyuan
(1914–2017)
郑思远 January 1983 6 years, 245 days (Second term)
Feng Jiping
(1911–1983)
冯基平 July 1979 April 1981 2 years, 31 days
Li Liyin
(1918–2010)
李力殷 August 1983 4 years, 153 days
Du Xingyuan
(1914–2011)
杜星垣 April 1980 March 1981 334 days
Song Yiping
(1917–2005)
宋一平 May 1980 August 1983 3 years, 92 days
Chen Chu
(1917–1999)
陈楚 September 1980 December 1984 3 years, 122 days
Mao Lianjue
(1922–1985)
毛联珏 February 1982 1 year, 276 days
Yuan Jinxiu
(1922–1985)
袁晋修 27 March 1983 2 years, 207 days
Wang Fulin
(c. 1924–2003)
王伏林 August 1983 2 years, 334 days
Tian Jiyun
(born 1929)
田纪云 March 1981 20 June 1983 2 years, 111 days Later became Vice-Premier
Liu Zhihan
(1914–2014)
刘志汉 May 1981 August 1983 2 years, 92 days
Gu Ming
(1919–2008)
顾明 August 1981 January 1985 1 year, 212 days
Ma Hong
(1920–2007)
马洪 April 1982 August 1983 1 year, 122 days
Zhou Shaozheng
(1926–2007)
周绍铮 May 1982 August 1983 1 year, 92 days
Li Hao
(born 1926)
李灏 August 1983 August 1985 2 years, 0 days
Ai Zhisheng
(1928–1997)
艾知生 April 1985 1 year, 243 days
Zhang Wenshou
(1926–2009)
张文寿 December 1984 3 May 1988 3 years, 154 days
Zhang Jingyuan
(born ?)
张镜源 February 1986 1 year, 62 days
Liu Suinian
(1929–2002)
柳随年 August 1985 January 1986 212 days
Yan Ying
(born 1957)
阎颖 July 1990 4 years, 334 days
Wang Shuming
(1933–2013)
王书明 November 1985 June 1993 7 years, 212 days
Bai Meiqing
(born 1931)
白美清 December 1985 July 1990 4 years, 212 days
Li Chang'an
(born 1935)
李昌安 12 June 1987 July 1993 6 years, 19 days
Chang Jie
(born 1929)
常捷 July 1987 November 1990 3 years, 123 days
He Chunlin
(born 1933)
何椿霖 3 May 1988 March 1998 9 years, 302 days
Liu Zhongde
(1933–2012)
刘忠德 July 1990 2 years, 59 days Later became Minister of Culture
Li Shizhong
(born ?)
李世忠 February 1995 6 years, 274 days
Xi Dehua
(1933–2013)
席德华 May 1995 6 years, 363 days
An Chengxin
(1939–2012)
安成信 May 1993 4 years, 363 days
Liu Zhongli
(born 1934)
刘仲藜 July 1990 4 September 1992 2 years, 65 days Later became Minister of Finance
Xu Zhijian
(born 1935)
徐志坚 10 December 1996 6 years, 162 days
Liu Jimin
(born 1938)
刘济民 June 1993 March 1998 4 years, 273 days
Li Shuwen
(born 1940)
李树文 July 1993 March 1998 4 years, 243 days
Zhang Kezhi
(1941–2004)
张克智 4 years, 243 days
Liu Qibao
(born 1953)
刘奇葆 July 1994 March 1998 3 years, 243 days Later became Head of the Propaganda Department of the Communist Party
Zhang Zuoji
(1945–2021)
张左己 November 1994 18 March 1998 3 years, 137 days Later became Governor of Heilongjiang province
Jin Renqing
(born 1944)
金人庆 May 1995 November 1995 184 days Later became Minister of Finance
Yang Jingyu
(born 1936)
杨景宇 March 1998 2 years, 304 days
Zhou Zhengqing
(born 1935)
周正庆 June 1995 March 1998 2 years, 273 days
Shi Xiushi
(born 1942)
石秀诗 September 1996 December 2000 4 years, 132 days
Cui Zhanfu
(born 1942)
崔占福 January 2003 6 years, 137 days
Ma Kai
(born 1946)
马凯 March 1998 March 2003 4 years, 306 days Later became Vice-Premier
Xu Rongkai
(born 1942)
徐荣凯 June 2001 3 years, 92 days
Xu Shaoshi
(born 1951)
徐绍史 9 January 2001 April 2007 6 years, 104 days Later became Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission
You Quan
(born 1954)
尤权 January 2001 December 2006 5 years, 355 days Later became party chief of Fujian province
Gao Qiang
(born 1944)
高强 July 2001 April 2003 1 year, 304 days Later became Minister of Health
Jiao Huancheng
(born 1949)
焦焕成 July 2002 October 2015 13 years, 109 days Director of the General Administration for State Organs
Wang Yang
(born 1955)
汪洋 March 2003 5 January 2006 2 years, 310 days Later became Vice-Premier
Chen Jinyu
(born 1946)
陈进玉 1 May 2003 30 December 2006 3 years, 243 days
Li Shishi
(born 1953)
李适时 31 December 2003 28 February 2008 4 years, 59 days
Zhang Yong
(born 1953)
张勇 April 2015 9 years, 60 days [1]
Zhang Ping
(born 1946)
张平 5 January 2006 18 March 2008 2 years, 73 days Later became Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission
Xiang Zhaolun
(born 1959)
项兆伦 30 December 2006 April 2013 6 years, 92 days Chief of the Office of the Premier
Lou Jiwei
(born 1950)
楼继伟 March 2007 September 2007 214 days Later became Minister of Finance
Wang Yongqing
(born 1959)
汪永清 14 March 2008 3 April 2018 16 years, 121 days
You Quan
(born 1954)
尤权 18 March 2008 18 December 2012 3 years, 89 days (second term)
Wang Yong
(born 1955)
王勇 21 September 2008 187 days Later became Chairman of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission
Qiu Xiaoxiong
(born 1955)
丘小雄 15 June 2011 3 years, 89 days
Bi Jingquan
(born 1955)
毕井泉 April 2015 6 years, 315 days [1]
Wang Xuejun
(born 1952)
王学军 27 July 2008 March 2013 4 years, 217 days Later became governor, then party chief of Anhui province
Xiao Yaqing
(born 1959)
肖亚庆 16 February 2009 February 2016 6 years, 350 days Chief of Staff to Vice-Premier Ma Kai
Ding Xuedong
(born 1960)
丁学东 June 2010 23 July 2013 3 years, 52 days Chief of staff to Vice-Premier Hui Liangyu
Later became chairman and CEO of the China Investment Corporation
Jiang Xiaojuan
(born 1957)
江小涓 15 June 2011 22 June 2018 9 years, 105 days Chief of staff to Vice-Premier Liu Yandong
Xiao Jie
(born 1957)
肖捷 March 2013 November 2016 3 years, 237 days Executive Deputy Secretary-General (minister-level)
Chief of staff to Premier Li Keqiang
Later became Minister of Finance
Ding Xiangyang
(born 1959)
丁向阳 8 April 2021 11 years, 120 days Chief of staff to Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli, then to Vice-Premier Han Zheng
Shu Xiaoqin
(born 1959)
舒晓琴 April 2013 10 April 2020 11 years, 120 days Director of the Bureau of Letters and Calls
Wang zhongwei
(born 1955)
王仲伟 September 2015 [2]
Jiang Zelin
(born 1959)
江泽林 April 2015 February 2018 2 years, 283 days Chief of staff to Vice-Premier Wang Yang
Meng Yang
(born ?)
孟杨 May 2015 Incumbent 9 years, 61 days Director of the First Secretarial Department
Peng Shujie
(born 1963)
彭树杰 December 2015 4 July 2023 7 years, 208 days [3]
Ding Xuedong
(born 1960)
丁学东 March 2017 6 years, 95 days (Second term)
Executive Deputy Secretary-General (minister-level) since May 2018
Chief of staff to Executive Vice Premier Han Zheng, then to Executive Vice Premier Ding Xuexiang
[3]
Li Baorong
(born 1958)
李宝荣 April 2017 June 2022 7 years, 103 days
Xiao Jie
(born 1957)
肖捷 2 November 2017 19 March 2018 137 days (Second term) [4]
Lu Junhua
(born 1962)
陆俊华 June 2018 19 August 2021 6 years, 21 days
Gao Yu [zh]
(born 1961)
高雨 10 October 2019 30 November 2021 2 years, 51 days
Li Wenzhang [zh]
(born 1962)
李文章 10 April 2020 4 July 2023 3 years, 85 days Also the director of National Public Complaints and Proposals Administration [3]
Liu Jianbo
(birth year unclear)
刘建波 20 May 2021 Incumbent 3 years, 54 days
Guo Wei
(birth year unclear)
郭玮 22 July 2021 2 years, 357 days
Wang Zhiqing [zh]
(born 1966)
王志清 30 November 2021 2 years, 226 days
Wang Zhijun
(born 1965)
王志军 4 July 2023 1 year, 9 days Executive Deputy Secretary-General (minister-level)
Chief of staff to Executive Vice Premier Ding Xuexiang
[3]
Wang Yonghong
(born 1969)
王永红 Also the director of National Government Offices Administration [3]
Xu Shouben
(born 1969)
徐守本 30 August 2023 318 days [5]


References

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