Huang Jing

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Huang Jing
Huang Jing.jpg
Communist Party Chief of Tianjin
In office
Preceded byHuang Kecheng
Succeeded byHuang Huoqing
Mayor of Tianjin
In office
Succeeded byWu De
Personal details
Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China
Died10 February 1958(1958-02-10) (aged 45–46)
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Political partyCommunist Party of China
Spouse(s)Li Yunhe (Jiang Qing)
Fan Jin
ChildrenYu Qiangsheng
Yu Zhengsheng
Alma materShandong University
Peking University

Huang Jing (Chinese: ; Wade–Giles: Huang Ching; 1912 – 10 February 1958), born Yu Qiwei (Chinese: 俞启威; Wade–Giles: Yü Ch'i-wei), was a Chinese Communist revolutionary and politician who served as Mayor and Communist Party Chief of Tianjin municipality, Minister of the First Ministry of Machine Building, and Chairman of the National Technological Commission. He was an ex-husband of Jiang Qing, who later married Mao Zedong, and the father of Yu Qiangsheng, a top Chinese intelligence officer who defected to the United States in 1985, and Yu Zhengsheng, the fourth-ranked member of the 18th Politburo Standing Committee.

Early life and revolution[edit]

Huang Jing making a speech from a tram during the December 9th Movement in 1935

Yu Qiwei was born in 1912 to a prominent family in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province. His uncle Yu Ta-wei later served as Minister of National Defense of the Republic of China on Taiwan. The chemist Zeng Zhaolun was also his uncle. Yu enrolled in Shandong University in Qingdao, majoring in physics. At the same time, he spent significant amount of time in underground political activism for the Communist Party of China.[1]

While in Qingdao, Huang Jing met and married Li Yunhe (who would later change her name to "Jiang Qing" and marry Mao Zedong), in 1932.[1] Huang introduced the 19-year-old Li to join the Communist Party in 1933. Soon afterwards, Huang was arrested by the government for his Communist activism. To avoid implicating Li, he sent a message asking her to leave him. Li was introduced to Shanghai film director Shi Dongshan, who was in Qingdao at the time, and followed Shi to Shanghai.[2] After Huang's release in 1934, he lived with Li for a while with his family in Shanghai. However, Huang's family was adamantly against their marriage, and they became separated.[2]

In 1935, Huang Jing, then attending Peking University, co-led the December 9th Movement with Yao Yilin and Huang Hua, demanding the Chinese government to actively resist Japanese aggression in the aftermath of the Mukden Incident.[3]

After the Japanese invasion of China in 1937, Huang moved to the Communist base in Yan'an in winter 1939.[1] Li Yunhe, now known as Jiang Qing, had also moved to Yan'an and married the Communist leader Mao Zedong. Huang later became a department head in the Communist bases in Shanxi-Chahar-Hebei (Jin-Cha-Ji) and Shanxi-Hebei-Shandong-Henan (Jin-Ji-Lu-Yu) border areas.[1]

Political career[edit]

Following the surrender of Japan in 1945, the Communists took over northern Hebei Province, and Huang was appointed Mayor of Zhangjiakou. After the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, he became the Mayor of the Tianjin municipality, as well as the city's Communist Party Chief.[1]

In 1952, Huang was appointed Minister of the First Ministry of Machine Building, which was in charge of the civilian industry (the Second Ministry was in charge of military work). When the National Technological Commission was established in 1956, he became its first chairman.[1] While serving in these capacities Huang praised the work of a young engineer in Shanghai named Jiang Zemin, the later General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, who recalled that Huang invited him to a banquet at the Quanjude duck restaurant, and on another occasion, talked to him for four hours until 11 pm.[4]

Huang Jing was considered a promising young star of the Communist Party,[1] but was labelled a counterrevolutionary when the Anti-Rightist Campaign began in 1958. He died in Guangzhou that same year, at the age of only 46. The circumstances surrounding his death are unclear.[4] It is said that he suffered from mental and physical diseases and died of heart disease in a military hospital.[5]


After his relationship with Jiang Qing ended, Huang Jing married the journalist Fan Jin,[5] who later became vice mayor of Beijing and president of Beijing Daily.[4] Their son, Yu Qiangsheng, was a top Chinese intelligence officer who defected to the United States in 1985.[6][4] Another son, Yu Zhengsheng, rose to become one of the seven members of the Politburo Standing Committee in 2012, which effectively rules China.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Song, Yuwu (2013). Biographical Dictionary of the People's Republic of China. McFarland. p. 139. ISBN 978-1-4766-0298-1.
  2. ^ a b 江青与天津市长黄敬的浪漫史. Ta Kung Pao (in Chinese). 18 February 2013.
  3. ^ Zhao, Dingxin (2008). The Power of Tiananmen: State-Society Relations and the 1989 Beijing Student Movement. University of Chicago Press. p. 281. ISBN 978-0-226-98262-5.
  4. ^ a b c d Brown, Kerry (2014). The New Emperors: Power and the Princelings in China. I.B.Tauris. pp. 159–161. ISBN 978-0-85773-383-2.
  5. ^ a b Terrill, Ross (1999). Madame Mao: The White Boned Demon. Stanford University Press. p. 208. ISBN 978-0-8047-2922-2.
  6. ^ a b "China's new leaders". CNN. November 2012.