Ji Pengfei
姬鹏飞
Ji Pengfei.jpg
Ji in 1940
2nd Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office
In office
1983–1990
PremierZhao Ziyang
Li Peng
Preceded byLiao Chengzhi
Succeeded byLu Ping
4th Secretary General of the State Council
In office
1979–1981
PremierHua Guofeng
Zhao Ziyang
Preceded byJin Ming
Succeeded byDu Xinyuan
3rd Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China
In office
1972–1974
Presidentvacant
PremierZhou Enlai
Preceded byChen Yi
Succeeded byQiao Guanhua
Personal details
Born(1910-02-02)February 2, 1910
Linyi County, Shanxi, Qing Empire
DiedFebruary 10, 2000(2000-02-10) (aged 90)
Beijing, People's Republic of China
Political partyChinese Communist Party
Spouse(s)Xu Hanbing (1919-2015)
ChildrenJi Shengde

Ji Pengfei (simplified Chinese: 姬鹏飞; traditional Chinese: 姬鵬飛; pinyin: Jī Péngfēi; February 2, 1910 - February 10, 2000) was a Chinese politician.

Biography

Ji Pengfei was born in Linyi, Yuncheng, Shanxi in 1910. He joined the Chinese Red Army in 1931, and the Chinese Communist Party in 1933.

After the establishment of the People's Republic of China, Ji Pengfei worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and led diplomatic missions to the German Democratic Republic before being appointed as China's first ambassador to the GDR in 1953, being the youngest Chinese ambassador at 43. He was recalled to serve as vice-minister of Foreign Affairs in 1955.

When the Cultural Revolution broke out, he was initially targeted as member of the counter-revolutionary clique ruling the Foreign Ministry, along with Chen Yi and Qiao Guanhua. Nevertheless, he was relatively untouched as he remained at his post. After Chen Yi died in 1972, Ji Pengfei succeeded him as Foreign Minister until 1974, and was elected CCP Central Committee member. He was appointed secretary-general of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress in 1975, and confirmed in 1978. In 1972, he signed Japan-China Joint Communiqué with Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka and Foreign Minister Masayoshi Ohira of Japan.

In the post-Cultural Revolution period, Ji Pengfei held several posts. In 1979 he was appointed head of the International Liaison Department of the CCP Central Committee, then vice-premier and secretary-general of the State Council from 1980 to 1982, and finally head of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office. He also served as Standing Committee member of the Central Advisory Commission, a Party body aimed at helping the retirement of elder officials.

In 1999, his son, Ji Shengde, a senior member of the People's Liberation Army intelligence, was arrested and tried for corruption, selling classified information and diverting public funds, and was sentenced to death penalty. The penalty was commuted to 20 years in prison, when he returned stolen money and denounce other abuses.[citation needed]

Ji Pengfei was praised by the Xinhua News Agency as an outstanding communist fighter, and greatly lauded again in 2010 at a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People to celebrate his 100th birth anniversary.

Political offices Preceded byChen Yi Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China 1972–1974 Succeeded byQiao Guanhua Preceded byLiu Ningyi Secretary-General of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress 1975–1979 Succeeded byPeng Zhen Preceded byJin Ming Secretary General of the State Council 1979–1981 Succeeded byLiang Lingguang Preceded byLiao Chengzhi Head of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office 1983–1990 Succeeded byLu Ping Party political offices Preceded byGeng Biao Head of the International Liaison Department of the CCP Central Committee 1979–1982 Succeeded byQiao Shi Diplomatic posts New title Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the German Democratic Republic 1953–1955 Succeeded byZeng Yongquan