Chen Yi

Chen Yi 
 


Chen Yi was a native of Lezhi, in southwest China's Sichuan Province, and awarded by the People's Republic of China the military rank of marshal; served as the country's vice premier (1954-1972) and foreign minister (1958-1972). He was a great military leader and one of the founders and leaders of the People's Liberation Army.

 

Mayor of Shanghai from the founding of the New China to 1958, and then vice premier and foreign minister.

 

Actively implemented diplomatic thoughts laid down by Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, participated in the drafting of the long-term diplomatic strategy of the New China and assisted Zhou Enlai in a series of important diplomatic events during his diplomatic career. Attended the 19th assembly of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union as a member of the CPC delegation and met with Stalin in October 1952; Headed the Chinese party and government delegation to visit the former Democratic Republic of Germany, and paid a stopover visit to Poland in October 1954; Attended the Asian-African Conference, held at Bandung, Indonesia in April 1955 as an important assistant of Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai and a member of the Chinese government delegation; Accompanied Zhou Enlai to pay a goodwill visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and made appropriate arrangements for the return of the Chinese people's voluntary army from the DPRK in February 1958; Successively paid visits to Burma, India, Nepal, Cambodia, Mongolia and Afghanistan in 1960 by accompanying Zhou Enlai or heading by himself a delegation, and signed the Treaty of Friendship and the Agreement on Economic Cooperation with Nepal, the Treaty of Friendship and Non-aggression with Cambodia, the Treaty of Friendship and Mutual Assistance with Mongolia, and the Treaty of Friendship and Non-aggression with Afghanistan.