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|President of the Republic of China (Acting)|
20 April 1926 – 13 May 1926
|Preceded by||Duan Qirui|
|Succeeded by||Yan Huiqing|
|Died||24 November 1933|
|Nationality||Republic of China|
Though related by marriage to the Qing, he accepted the republic and served in its foreign ministry, having previously been the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Qing Dynasty as a member of Yuan Shikai's Cabinet. He served as ambassador to Russia, Japan, and France and was a rival of Wu Tingfang. He was also a judge of the Permanent Court of International Justice.
Hú Wéidé's political career is unique in that his career did not end with the passing of power from one form of government to another. He was a prominent politician and diplomat in the late Qing Dynasty as well as the early Republic of China. His role in the Chinese diplomacy history is immense, although he is also considered by many as being responsible for the feeble diplomacy practiced by China. Wéidé was truly one of the first Chinese politician with a strong grasp of global affairs. He graduated from the Shanghai Interpreters College. His proficiency in English, French and Russian allowed him to pursue the study of these countries, which made him a specialist in these nations.
Hú Wéidé's stature in the Chinese and international diplomatic sphere can be gauged from the fact that he a member of the Chinese delegation at the Treaty of Versailles and at The Hague Peace Conference. Although he does not receive praise for his work to bring democracy in China, he played a vital role in persuading the late Qing Government to relinquish power in favor of the new Republic.
- "Hu Weide". Retrieved 1 November 2013.
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