Yang Jingren

Yang Jingren (1918-2001), was the former Vice Primer of China.  A Hui Muslim, he was born to a family of clerics in Lanzhou. From his youth, Yang Jingren was fond of Marxism and joined the Communist Party in 1937. He directed publicity among fellow Hui for the Communist Party of Gansu province. He used two Islamic organizations, namely the Islamic Society and the Muslim Educational Association, as tools to carry out anti-Japanese activities. In 1941, Yang Jingren reached Yan'an, then headquarters of the Communist Party where he studied in the Ministry Department of Xibei Public School. In the same year, he served as representative of the first Hui cavalry. In March 1949, he was transferred to Peking and served as member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Preparatory Committee, then Executive Committee Director of the Party. He is one of founders of China Islamic Association. From the 1960s he was appointed first as secretary of the Party in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and then Chairman of the entire region. In 1980 he was appointed Vice Primer of the country and worked as Vice-Chairman of CPPCC, National Committee from 1978 to 1998. He died in 2001 at the age of 84.