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Who's Who, Current Chinese Leaders
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Zhongguo Gongchandang Lijie Zhongyang Weiyuan Dacidian, 1921-2003
Beijing: Zhonggong dangshi chubanshe 2004

Revision History:

Biography Revised: 6/2/2003
Career Data Updated: 7/5/2007

PHOTO: Qian Qichen
Qian Qichen 钱其琛
Vice Premier, State Council
Born: 1928


Qian Qichen, male, Han nationality, is a native of Shanghai. He was born in 1928, joined the CPC in 1942 and studied at the Communist Youth League School of the Soviet Union.

Qian began his career as a member and secretary of various district CPC and CYLC committees in Shanghai. He studied in the Soviet Union and then served in different capacities at the Chinese Embassy in Moscow. When he returned to China in the early 1960s, he worked in the Ministry of Education. He returned to the Soviet Union in 1972 to serve as Councilor at the Chinese Embassy. He later became vice-minister and ultimately, minister, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Over the years, Qian served both officially and unofficially as a liaison between China and the Soviet Union. In 1993, he was named vice-premier of the State Council. He was reelected in 1998.

Qian was an alternate member of the 12th CPC Central Committee, member of the 12th, 13th , 14th and 15th CPC Central Committees and a member of the Politburo of the 14th and 15th CPC Central Committees.

Career Data

1999 Member, Macao SAR Preparatory Committee, Government Delegation, Macao Hand-Over Ceremony
1998—1998 Chairman, Macao SAR Preparatory Committee
1997—2002 Member, 15th CPC, Central Committee, Politburo
1997—2002 Member, 15th CPC, Central Committee
1995—???? Chairman, Hong Kong SAR Preparatory Committee
1993— Vice-Premier, State Council
1992—1997 Member, 14th CPC, Central Committee, Politburo
1992—1997 Member, 14th CPC, Central Committee
1991—???? Member, State Council
1988—1998 Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs CPC, Party Committee
1988—1998 Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1987—1992 Member, 13th CPC, Central Committee
1987 (Head, Chinese Delegation, Border Negotiations with Soviet Union)
1982—1988 Vice-Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1982—1988 Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs CPC, Party Committee
1982 Special Envoy, Russia, Moscow
1982—1987 Alternate Member, 12th CPC, Central Committee
Spokesman, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1977—1982 Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Information Department
Ambassador, Chinese Embassy Guinea, Conakry
1972—1982 Councilor, Chinese Embassy Russia, Moscow
1966—1972 Worker, Cultural Revolution, May 7th Cadre School
1963—1966 Deputy Director, Ministry of Higher Education, External Relations Department
1963—???? Section Chief, Ministry of Higher Education
1955—1964 Deputy Section Chief, Chinese Embassy Russia, Moscow
1955—1963 Second Secretary, Chinese Embassy Russia, Moscow
1954—1955 (Student, Communist Youth League School, Soviet Union)
1953 Researcher, CYLC, Central Committee, General Office
1949—???? Secretary, CYLC, Municipal-Level Shanghai Municipality
1949—???? Member, CYLC, Municipal-Level Shanghai Municipality
1942 Joined, CPC

Recent Travel & Appearances

11 Feb 10 Hu Jintao and other senior Party and government officials visited a number of former leaders and extended their best wishes to them, ahead of the Lunar New Year.
01 Oct 09 Hu Jintao addressed the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
30 Sep 09 Wen Jiabao and top leaders attended a grand reception to mark the founding anniversary of the People's Republic.
28 Sep 09 Hu Jintao and other top leaders watched a large-scale musical epic.
19 Sep 09 Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin visited an exhibition showcasing the achievements New China has made in the past six decades.
16 Oct 06 Hu Jintao visited an exhibition marking the 70th anniversary of the Long March.
03 Sep 05 Hu Jintao delivered a speech at a meeting marking the 60th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-fascist War.
11 Oct 04 Was in Beijing Municipality and met with the following:
Kofi Annan (Secretary-General of the United Nations)
Qian Qichen met with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
26 Apr 04 Travelled to Shanghai Municipality
Zeng Qinghong made a speech at the opening ceremony of the 60th session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
13 Nov 03 Travelled to USA, Washington D.C. and met with the following:
Dick Cheney (Vice-President of the United States)
Qian Qichen met with vice president of the US, Richard Cheney.

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