Former Chinese Vice Premier Qian Qichen dies at age 90

Source:Xinhua-un.org Published: 2017/5/10 19:20:52

Former Chinese Vice Premier Qian Qichen died of illness in Beijing at 10:06 pm on Tuesday, according to a statement from the central authority released on Wednesday.

Qian, 90, was extolled in the statement as an excellent member of the Communist Party of China, a time-tested and loyal communist soldier and proletarian revolutionist, and an outstanding leader in diplomacy of the country.

Qian, member of Political Bureau of 15th CPC Central Committee, vice premier of PRC State Council, and chairman of Macao SAR Preparatory Committee, was reelected member of Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee in September 1997, and vice premier of PRC State Council on March 18, 1998.

Qian joined the CPC in 1942 when he studied at a secondary school in Shanghai and soon became the secretary of a Party cell. After 1945, he was a leading member in charge of the Party's underground activities in Shanghai's secondary schools.

After 1949, Qian was member of several district Party committees and secretary of several district Communist Youth League committees in Shanghai. 

After leaving the school in 1955, he worked in the Chinese Embassy in Moscow, serving successively as second secretary, deputy section chief in charge of Chinese students studying in the Soviet Union, and director of the Research Office.

In 1963, Qian returned home and worked in the Ministry of Higher Education as section chief in charge of Chinese students studying abroad and then deputy director of the Department of External Relations.

In 1972, Qian was councillor in the Chinese Embassy in Moscow. Later, he became the Chinese ambassador to Guinea.

Qian has had a close relationship with the press. Early in his career, he worked at Shanghai's Ta Kung Pao. While serving as director of the Information Department of the Foreign Ministry from 1977 to 1982, he proposed establishing a spokesman system and became the first spokesman of the Ministry.

In 1982, Qian was appointed vice minister of Foreign Affairs and deputy secretary of the Party Committee of the Ministry.

From 1988-1998, he served as minister of Foreign Affairs and secretary of CPC Party Committee of the Ministry.

He was appointed State Councillor in 1991.

In 1992, he was elected member of Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee.

He has been vice premier of State Council since 1993.

He was alternate member of 12th CPC Central Committee, member of 12th to 15th CPC Central Committees, member of Political Bureau of 14th and 15th CPC Central Committee.

He was elected deputy to 8th and 9th NPC.

He was chairman of Macao SAR Preparatory Committee in April, 1998-1999.

In 1999, he attended the Macao handover ceremony as a member of Chinese Government Delegation.

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