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Change in leadership at China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment

Mr. LI Ganjie, until recently China’s Minister for Environment and Ecology, has been appointed as Provincial Party Committee Member, Standing Committee Member, Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee of Shandong Province on 9 April 2020.

Mr. Sun Jinlong (Source: MEE)

According to the official website of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), on that same day, Mr. SUN Jinlong was newly appointed as Secretary of the Leading Party Members’ Group and Vice Minister of the MEE, the highest-ranking position in the MEE.

Mr. SUN Jinlong was born in 1962 and joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1986. In his earlier years, before getting into politics, he built up a career as an engineer. He is highly educated, and his degrees include: Master of Engineering, Master of Economics, and a Doctor of Economics. He demonstrated strong entrepreneurship and execution skills during his time in Anhui Province – one of China’s key manufacturing and transportation hubs – from 2003-2013.

Before his new appointment, Sun was a leading official in China’s Xinjiang Province from 2016-2019, where he actively supported the central government’s environmental inspections in the region and stressed the importance of accountability mechanisms. He also led the effort to localize national strategies on air, water, and soil pollution control.

Read more on Mr. SUN Jinlong in EN

Mr. Huang Runqiu (Source: MEE)

On 29 April 2020, Mr. HUANG Runqiu was appointed Minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) by the 17th Meeting of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee.

Huang holds a PhD in the field of Engineering Geology and previously served as Vice Minister of the MEE, leading the biodiversity work of the ministry. He is a member of the Jiusan Society, one of China’s eight smaller political parties, and not a member of the Communist Party of China (CPC). The appointment makes him only the third minister-level official with non-CPC membership in the last 48 years since the reform and opening-up policy in China.

Mr. HUANG Runqiu was born in 1963 and first started working in academia in 1988. Most of his professional experience and political career was spent in Sichuan Province, which is also where he pursued his Master’s and Doctorate degree. As a renowned engineering geologist with a strong academic background, Huang is another ‘academic minister’.

Read more on Mr. HUANG Runqiu in EN


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