Zhu Qizhen (diplomat)

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Zhu Qizhen
Ambassador of China to the United States
In office
Preceded by Han Xu
Succeeded by Li Daoyu
Personal details
Born (1927-12-19)December 19, 1927
Yixing, Jiangsu, China
Died April 23, 2014(2014-04-23) (aged 86)
Political party Communist Party of China
Alma mater St. John's University, Shanghai
Occupation diplomat

Zhu Qizhen (Chinese: 朱启祯; 19 December 1927 – 23 April 2014) was a diplomat and politician of the People's Republic of China. He served as Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs from August 1984 to October 1989, and was the Chinese ambassador to the United States from 1989 to 1993.[1][2][3]


Zhu Qizhen was born in Yixing, Jiangsu province. He graduated from St. John's University in Shanghai in 1948 and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the newly established People's Republic of China in November 1949. He served at the Chinese embassy in Egypt from 1972 to 1973, and as charge d'affaires at the Chinese embassy in Canberra, Australia from 1973 until 1977, when he was appointed director of the America and Oceania Division, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing. In 1979 Zhu accompanied Deng Xiaoping in the Chinese leader's historic visit to the United States.[1]

In 1985 Zhu was appointed Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, and from 1989 to 1993 was China's Ambassador to the United States. After returning from the United States he became a member of the standing committee and deputy director of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People's Congress of China (1993–97).[1]

Zhu retired in 1998 and died in Beijing on 23 April 2014, aged 87.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Zhu Qizhen". Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  2. ^ 朱启祯 (in Chinese). Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong. 2000-11-07. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  3. ^ Bradsher, Keith (13 May 1991). "A Hard Line From China On Trade". New York Times. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "中国前驻美国大使朱启祯同志逝世 [China's former Ambassador to the United States Zhu Qizhen passes away]". Communist Party of China. 5 May 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014.  (in Chinese)