Wu Xueqian
Wu in 1985
6th Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
19 November 1982 – 12 April 1988
PremierZhao Ziyang
Preceded byHuang Hua
Succeeded byQian Qichen
Personal details
Born(1921-12-19)19 December 1921
Died4 April 2008(2008-04-04) (aged 86)
Political partyChinese Communist Party
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 on December 19, 1921. He joined the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 1939.[1]

In his youth he was engaged in CCP underground work in Shanghai, serving for a period of time as deputy secretary and acting secretary of the Shanghai Students' Committee of the CCP.[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 Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, First Vice-Foreign Minister (April – November 1982).[2]

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

Wu died of an illness on April 4, 2008, aged 86.[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. Archived from the original on September 18, 2023. Retrieved September 18, 2023.
  2. ^ "Wu Xueqian". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China. Archived from the original on October 26, 2021. Retrieved September 18, 2023.
  3. ^ Former Chinese vice-premier Wu Xueqian dies at 87 Archived August 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, China Daily, April 4, 2008.
Government offices Preceded byHuang Hua Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China 1982–1988 Succeeded byQian Qichen