Liu Jianfeng (PRC)

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Liu Jianfeng
Director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China
In office
June 1998 – May 2002
Preceded by Chen Guangyi
Succeeded by Yang Yuanyuan
Governor of Hainan
In office
September 1989 – January 1993
Preceded by Liang Xiang
Succeeded by Ruan Chongwu
Personal details
Born June 1936 (age 82)
Tianjin, China
Political party Communist Party of China
Alma mater Kiev Polytechnic Institute

Liu Jianfeng (Chinese: 刘剑锋; born June 1936) is a Chinese retired engineer and politician. From 1989 to 1993 He was Governor of Hainan Province, where he had a highly antagonistic relationship with the Party Chief Deng Hongxun. He also served as Director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China and Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Electronics Industry.

Early life and career

Liu was born in June 1936 in Tianjin.[1] He joined the Communist Party of China in 1956. In 1961 he graduated from the radio engineering department of the Kiev Polytechnic Institute in Ukraine, USSR. After returning to China he began working for the Fourth Ministry of Machine-Building Industry.[2][3]

From 1981 to 1984 he was director of the No. 1425 Research Institute of the Fourth Ministry of Machine-Building Industry.[2] In 1984, he was appointed vice-minister of the Ministry of Electronics Industry and became associated with Li Peng, then a vice-premier whose portfolio included the electronics industry.[4]

Governor of Hainan

In the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, the top leaders of Hainan Province, Xu Shijie and Liang Xiang, were dismissed because Liang was an ally of the reformist national leader Zhao Ziyang and Xu supported Liang's policies.[5] Liu was selected to replace Governor Liang Xiang on the recommendation of Premier Li Peng. He was formally appointed governor on 14 September 1989, but effectively took over the position before that. In a meeting of provincial party leaders on 4 September, he emphasized that provincial cadres should implement the policy of the central government "to the letter".[4]

However, Liu was unable to work together with the Communist Party Secretary of Hainan, Deng Hongxun, who was associated with the central leaders Jiang Zemin and Qiao Shi.[4] From 1990 to 1992, the two top officials of Hainan clashed fiercely, hindering the young province's development.[4] By the end of 1992, Deng and Liu were trying to drive each other out of the province.[4] A high-ranking official, Li Shanyou, accused Liu of visiting a prostitute.[4] Li was imprisoned after the accusation was proven false, and Liu launched a counter-investigation to find the instigator, rumoured to be Deng. Their infighting became an embarrassment to the central government, which transferred both of them to Beijing in January 1993, and replaced them with a single official, Ruan Chongwu.[4]

Later career

After leaving Hainan, Liu again served as vice-minister of the Ministry of Electronics Industry from 1993 to 1998. After a brief stint as vice-minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology from March to June 1998, he was appointed Director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. He served in that position until May 2002, when he reached retirement age and was replaced by Yang Yuanyuan.[3] From 2003 to 2008, he served as Subcommittee Chairman of Foreign Affairs of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).[2]

Liu was a member of the 14th and the 15th Central Committees of the Communist Party of China.[2]


  1. ^ "全国政协委员刘剑锋". Sohu (in Chinese). Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Liu Jianfeng". China Viate. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b "非常时刻民航总局换帅 原局长刘剑锋超龄离任". Sohu (in Chinese). 27 May 2002.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Cheung, Peter T.Y.; Chung, Jae Ho; Lin, Zhimin (5 December 2016). Provincial Strategies of Economic Reform in Post-Mao China: Leadership, Politics, and Implementation: Leadership, Politics, and Implementation. Taylor & Francis. pp. 356–8. ISBN 978-1-315-29315-8.
  5. ^ Brødsgaard, Kjeld Erik (27 August 2008). Hainan – State, Society, and Business in a Chinese Province. Routledge. pp. 24–25. ISBN 978-1-134-04547-1.
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