Chen Wenqing is the head of the Ministry of State Security (MSS) and a member of the Community Party of China's (CPC) 19th Central Committee. As the head of People's Republic of China's (PRC) main intelligence and domestic security agency, Chen wields a great deal of power in both Beijing and the Asia-pacific region.
The Intelligence Ledger has been unable to gather a significant amount of information about Mr. Wenqing's early life from reliable sources. Born in 1960, Chen began his career as a law enforcement officer in the province of Sichuan. Over the course of several years, Chen rose from his position on the street to the top of Sichuan's provincial state security bureau. After eight years in that position, Wenqing became an important graft-buster in the province of Fujian. Throughout this whole period, he attended multiple academic institutions, include Southwest University of Political Science & Law and Sichuan University.
In 2012, Mr. Wenqinq made his most important career move by becoming deputy chief of the Central Committee for Discipline Inspection (CCDI). Enshrined with the authority to enforce party and state rules, regulations, and laws, the CCDI serves as the most powerful anti-corruption group in the People’s Republic of China. Wenqinq effectively wielded the power of the agency for the benefit of Xi Jinping, the current General Secretary and President of the People's Republic of China. Over the course of a months long study, The Intelligence Ledger discovered dozens of instances where the CCDI was used to target political opponents of Xi when Wenqinq was deputy chief.
In 2016, Mr. Wenqinq became head of the Ministry of State Security. During his tenure as minister of the agency, Wenqinq has enhanced intelligence operations at home and abroad, while simultaneously developing relationships with foreign states.