Huang Hua (politician)

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Huang.
Huang Hua
Huang Hua (1978).jpg
Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China
In office
Preceded by Qiao Guanhua
Succeeded by Wu Xueqian
Personal details
Born (1913-01-25)January 25, 1913
Died November 24, 2010(2010-11-24) (aged 97)
Nationality Chinese
Political party Communist Party of China

Huang Hua (Chinese: 黄华; Pinyin: Huáng Huá; January 25, 1913 – November 24, 2010) was concurrently the vice-minister of foreign affairs and foreign minister of China from 1976 to 1982.[1]


Huang first rose to the top echelons of the Chinese government as a translator. He translated English for Mao Zedong in the aftermath of the Communist Party's victory over the Kuomintang. In the early 1950s, he gained prominence as an effective diplomat. He was involved in the Korean War armistice talks (1953), initial contacts with the United States in Warsaw, Poland (1958), and China's joining of the United Nations (1971). Beginning in 1971, Huang was the first Permanent Representative to the UN from the People's Republic of China after the UN seat was transferred to the communist Chinese government. Huang also signed the Sino-Japanese Peace and Friendship Treaty with Japanese Foreign Minister Sonoda on August 12, 1978. He is also widely remembered as one of the officials who fell into the trap of talking loose in a freer environment. As Foreign Minister of China in 1980, he famously declared there was no need for the People's Liberation Army to have a garrison stationed in Hong Kong. Paramount leader Deng Xiaoping rebuked him for "mouthing nonsense".


  1. ^ Barboza, David (November 24, 2010). "Huang Hua, 97, a Diplomat Who Served China, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-25. Huang Hua, a Communist Party revolutionary who was China’s foreign minister during the 1970s and early 1980s and helped China restore diplomatic relations with the United States, died Wednesday in Beijing. He was 97. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
Qiao Guanhua
Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China
Succeeded by
Wu Xueqian
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Liu Chieh
Representing the Republic of China
Permanent Representative and Ambassador of China to the United Nations
1971 – 1976
Succeeded by
Chen Chu