Wu Xueqian

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Wu Xueqian
6th Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China
In office
19 November 1982 – 12 April 1988
PremierZhao Ziyang
Preceded byHuang Hua
Succeeded byQian Qichen
Personal details
Born(1921-12-19)December 19, 1921
Shanghai, Republic of China
DiedApril 4, 2008(2008-04-04) (aged 86)
Beijing, People's Republic of China
Political partyCommunist Party of China
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese吳學謙
Simplified Chinese吴学谦

Wu Xueqian (December 19, 1921 – April 4, 2008) was a Chinese politician and diplomat who served as the Foreign Minister and Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China.


Wu was born in Shanghai in 1921. He joined the Communist Party of China in 1939.[1]

In his youth he was engaged in Communist underground work in Shanghai, serving for a period of time as deputy secretary and acting secretary of the Shanghai Students' Committee of the Communist Party.[1] In June 1949, he was designated representative of China National Federation of Democratic Youth to the World Federation of Democratic Youth in Prague. After the founding of the People's Republic of China, he served as Deputy Director General and Director General (1949–1958) of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Youth League (renamed as the Communist Youth League later), Director General (1958–1978) and Vice Minister (1978–1982) of the International Liaison Department of CCCPC, First Vice-Foreign Minister (1982.4–1982.11).[2]

Wu was the Foreign Minister of China from 1982 to 1988. He was the member of the 13th CPC Politburo from 1987 to 1992.

Wu died of an illness on April 4, 2008.[3]


  1. ^ a b Song, Yuwu (2014). Biographical Dictionary of the People's Republic of China. McFarland. p. 328. ISBN 978-1-4766-0298-1.
  2. ^ "Wu Xueqian". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China.
  3. ^ Former Chinese vice-premier Wu Xueqian dies at 87, China Daily, April 4, 2008.
Government offices
Preceded by
Huang Hua
Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China
Succeeded by
Qian Qichen