Zhou Enlai

Zhou Enlai (March 5, 1898 - January 8, 1976)

Served as Minister of Foreign Affairs before 1958.


Zhou Enlai was a great proletarian revolutionary, statesman, military leader and diplomat and one of the main leaders of the Communist Party of China and the People's Republic of China, as well as one of the founders of the People's Liberation Army. A native of Huaian, in east China's Jiangsu Province, with his ancestral place in Shaoxing, east China's Zhejiang Province.


Zhou Enlai worked out and implemented many important diplomatic decisions and policies. He headed the Chinese delegation to attend the Geneva Conference held in April 1954. Zhou Enlai held talks with parties concerned in the spirit of seeking truth from facts, the tactics of building an international united front, and the five principles of peaceful coexistence, to solve the issue of Indo-China, and won independence and international recognition for the North Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. He headed the Chinese delegation to the Asian-African Conference held in April 1955, where Zhou Enlai further expounded the five principles of peaceful coexistence, put forward the guidelines of seeking common ground while shelving differences, participated in the drafting the ten principles of the Bandung Conference, and made friends with many leaders of newly-independent Asian and African countries. He visited dozens of countries in Europe, Asia and Africa and met with a large number of leaders and guests from around the world, which facilitated friendship between the peoples of China and the rest of the world.