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Qian Qichen

Qian Qichen
Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China
In office
April 1988 – March 1998
Premier Li Peng
Preceded by Wu Xueqian
Succeeded by Tang Jiaxuan
Personal details
Born (1928-01-05) January 5, 1928
Jiading, Shanghai, Republic of China
Nationality Chinese
Political party Communist Party of China
Spouse(s) Zhou Hanqiong (周寒琼)
Qian Qichen
Traditional Chinese 錢其琛
Simplified Chinese 钱其琛

Qian Qichen (Chinese: 钱其琛; born January 5, 1928 in Jiading, Shanghai) is a Chinese diplomat and politician. He served as the Chinese foreign minister from April 1988 to March 1998.


Qian joined the Communist Party of China in 1942. After leaving school in 1955, he served as a diplomat in Moscow and other places. He served for a while as ambassador to Guinea. He went to work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1977 and was vice-minister of foreign affairs from 1982–1988 and minister from 1988–1998. He was Vice Premier of the State Council from 1993 until he retired in 2003.

During his tenure as China's Foreign Minister, he was the first Chinese diplomat to attend an ASEAN event, going to the 1991 ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting in Malaysia. This marked the first time China formally acknowledged ASEAN as an institution and laid the groundwork for future ASEAN-China cooperation, like the ASEAN+3 mechanism and the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (ACFTA).[1]


  1. ^ Full Text: China-ASEAN Cooperation: 1991-2011

External links

  • Qian Qichen biography @ China Vitae
Government offices
Preceded by
Wu Xueqian
Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China
Succeeded by
Tang Jiaxuan

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