Veteran diplomat, former vice premier Qian Qichen dies at 90

By Xinhua - Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/5/10 23:48:39

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

Shanghai native Qian joined the Communist Party of China in 1942 when he was a secondary school student in the city. He became a diplomat in 1955, working at the Chinese Embassy in Moscow. By 1972, Qian was a councilor at the Chinese Embassy in Moscow, and later became the Chinese ambassador to Guinea.

While serving as director of the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1977 to 1982, he proposed establishing a spokesperson system and became the first spokesperson of the ministry.

From 1988-1998, he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Qian was a vice premier from 1993 until he retired in 2003, and in 1995, he was appointed chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. He was also chairman of the Macao SAR Preparatory Committee from 1998 to 1999.

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