Ma Jian
Vice Minister of State Security
In office
2006 – January 2015
MinisterGeng Huichang
Succeeded bySu Deliang
Personal details
BornSeptember 1956 (age 66)
Jiangxi, China
Political partyChinese Communist Party (expelled)
Alma materSouthwest University of Political Science & Law
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese马建
Traditional Chinese馬建

Ma Jian (Chinese: 马建; born September 1956) is a former Chinese security official. In January 2015, he was put under investigation by the Chinese Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.[1] He served as the vice minister of State Security, and also vice president of China Law Society.[2] He was a member of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, but is currently in prison serving a life sentence for corruption.

Life and career

Ma was born and raised in Jiangxi, a province in eastern China. He graduated from Southwest University of Political Science & Law. He spent the majority of his career in the national security system.

In 2006, Ma was appointed the vice minister of State Security, he remained in that position until January 2015, when he was being investigated for suspected serious violation of disciplines and laws.[3][4]

Ma reportedly had six mistresses and two illegitimate children.[5] In December 2016, Ma was expelled from the Communist Party. In his expulsion announcement, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection accused Ma of using his position of power to obtain travel documents for his family, and taking bribes. His case was forwarded to judicial authorities for prosecution.[6] Ma was reportedly the director of the Ministry's No. 8 Bureau, responsible for counter-espionage activities targeting foreigners.[7]

On December 27, 2018, Ma was sentenced to life in prison by the Intermediate People's Court in Dalian for taking bribes worth 109 million yuan, forcing others to make business deals, and illegally making 49.29 million yuan of gains from insider trading. It was claimed that most of the bribes were paid to Ma by the exiled businessman Guo Wengui in order to help further his business interests.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Vice state security chief under probe". January 16, 2015.
  2. ^ "领导介绍——马建". China Law Society (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 2015-01-13. Retrieved 2015-01-12.
  3. ^ "中国反腐败:国家安全部副部长马建"被双规"". BBC (in Chinese). 2015-01-12.
  4. ^ "国家安全部副部长、党委委员马建涉嫌严重违纪违法接受组织调查". Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China (in Chinese). 2015-01-16.
  5. ^ "媒体曝国安部原副部长马建有6名情妇和2个私生子". March 31, 2015. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015.
  6. ^ "国家安全部原党委委员、副部长马建严重违纪被开除党籍". CCDI. 2016-12-30. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  7. ^ Blanchard, Ben (December 30, 2016). Macfie, Nick (ed.). "China to Prosecute Former Senior Spy Catcher for Graft". The New York Times. A source with ties to the leadership has previously told Reuters that Ma was director of the ministry's "No.8 bureau", which is responsible for counter-espionage activities on foreigners, mainly diplomats, businessmen and reporters.
  8. ^ "Ma Jian: China's ex-intelligence chief jailed for life". BBC News. December 27, 2018. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  9. ^ "China's ex-deputy spy chief Ma Jian sentenced to life for corruption". December 27, 2018. Retrieved December 27, 2018.