Qian Qichen

Qian Qichen

 

Vice Premier (1993-1998), Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China (1988-1998)

 

Born in Jiading, Shanghai, Qian Qichen joined the Communist Party of China in 1942 and was engaged in the students' underground movement of the Communist Party in Shanghai, first as a member and then as secretary of the underground Party Committee of the Middle School Section in Shanghai. In 1954, he went to the Central Communist Youth League School in the Soviet Union to pursue studies. After 1955, he successively served as Second Secretary in the Chinese Embassy in the Soviet Union, Director of Department of Overseas Chinese Students and Deputy Director General of the Foreign Department of the Ministry of Higher Education, Councilor in the Chinese Embassy in the Soviet Union (1972-1974), Ambassador to Guinea (1974-1976) and Ambassador to Guinea-Bissau concurrently (1974-1975), Director General of Information Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1976-1982), Vice Foreign Minister (1982-1988), Foreign Minister (1988-1998), State Councilor and Foreign Minister concurrently (1991-1993), Vice Premier and Foreign Minister concurrently (1993-1998).