Ji Pengfei

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Ji.
Ji Pengfei
姬鹏飞
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Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office
In office
1983–1990
Preceded by Liao Chengzhi
Succeeded by Lu Ping
Secretary General of the State Council
In office
1979–1981
Preceded by Jin Ming
Succeeded by Du Xinyuan
Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China
In office
1972–1974
Preceded by Chen Yi
Succeeded by Qiao Guanhua
Personal details
Born (1910-02-02)February 2, 1910
Linyi County, Shanxi, Qing Empire
Died February 10, 2000(2000-02-10) (aged 90)
Beijing, People's Republic of China
Political party Communist Party of China
Spouse(s) Xu Hanbing
Children Ji Shengde

Ji Pengfei (simplified Chinese: 姬鹏飞; traditional Chinese: 姬鵬飛; pinyin: Jī Péngfēi; February 2, 1910 - February 10, 2000) was a politician in the People's Republic of China.

Biography[edit]

Ji Pengfei was born in Linyi, Yuncheng, Shanxi in 1910. He joined the Chinese Red Army in 1931, and the Communist Party of China in 1933.

After the establishment of the People's Republic of China, Ji Pengfei worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, and led diplomatic missions to the German Democratic Republic before being appointed as China's first ambassador to the GDR in 1953, being the youngest Chinese ambassador at 43. He was called back home to serve as vice-minister of Foreign Affairs in 1955.

When the Cultural Revolution broke out, he was initially targeted as member of the counter-revolutionary clique ruling the Foreign Ministry, along with Chen Yi and Qiao Guanhua. Nevertheless, he was relatively untouched as he remained at his post. After Chen Yi died in 1972, Ji Pengfei succeeded him as Foreign Minister until 1974, and was elected CPC Central Committee member. He was appointed secretary-general of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress in 1975, and confirmed in 1978.

In the post-Cultural Revolution period, Ji Pengfei held several posts. In 1979 he was appointed head of the International Liaison Department of the CPC Central Committee, then vice-premier and secretary-general of the State Council from 1980 to 1982, and finally head of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office. He also served as Standing Committee member of the Central Advisory Commission, a Party body aimed at helping the retirement of elder officials.

In 1999, his son, Ji Shengde, a senior member of the People's Liberation Army intelligence, was arrested and tried for corruption, selling classified information and diverting public funds, and was sentenced to death penalty. The penalty was commuted to 20 years in prison, when he returned stolen money and denounce other abuses.[citation needed]

Ji Pengfei was praised by the Xinhua News Agency as an outstanding communist fighter, and greatly lauded again in 2010 at a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People to celebrate his 100th birth anniversary.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Chen Yi
Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China
1972–1974
Succeeded by
Qiao Guanhua
Preceded by
Liu Ningyi
Secretary-General of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress
1975–1979
Succeeded by
Peng Zhen
Preceded by
Jin Ming
Secretary General of the State Council
1979–1981
Succeeded by
Liang Lingguang
Preceded by
Liao Chengzhi
Head of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office
1983–1990
Succeeded by
Lu Ping
Party political offices
Preceded by
Geng Biao
Head of the International Liaison Department of the CPC Central Committee
1979–1982
Succeeded by
Qiao Shi
Diplomatic posts
New title Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the German Democratic Republic
1953–1955
Succeeded by
Zeng Yongquan