Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China

Summary

Minister of Foreign Affairs of
the People's Republic of China
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Incumbent
Wang Yi

since 16 March 2013
NominatorPremier
AppointerPresident
Inaugural holderZhou Enlai
Formation1 October 1949; 72 years ago (1949-10-01)
Websitehttp://www.fmprc.gov.cn/

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China (Chinese: 中华人民共和国外交部部长; Zhōnghuá rénmín gònghéguó wàijiāo bù bùzhǎng) is the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China and one of the country's most important cabinet posts. The Minister usually is also a member of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.

Process of appointment

According to the Constitution of the People's Republic of China, the Minister is nominated by the Premier and confirmed by the National People's Congress or its Standing Committee.[1]

List of Foreign Ministers

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office President Premier
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Premier Chou En-Lai in the Great Hall of the People's Banquet Hall - DPLA - a40021a8100507bc7a244420481bf488.jpg Zhou Enlai
周恩来
(1898–1976)
1 October 1949 11 February 1958 8 years, 4 months Mao Zedong Himself
2 Chen Yi(communist).jpg Marshal
Chen Yi
陈毅
(1901–1972)
11 February 1958 6 January 1972 13 years, 10 months Liu Shaoqi
Office vacant
Zhou Enlai
3 Ji Pengfei.jpg Ji Pengfei
姬鹏飞
(1910–2000)
January 1972 November 1973 1 year, 9 months Office vacant
4 喬木.jpg Qiao Guanhua
喬冠華
(1913–1983)
November 1973 2 December 1976 3 years, 1 month Office vacant
Office abolished
Zhou Enlai
Hua Guofeng
5 Huang Hua (1978).jpg Huang Hua
黄华
(1913–2010)
2 December 1976 19 November 1982 5 years, 11 months Office abolished Hua Guofeng
Zhao Ziyang
6 Wu Xueqian.jpg Wu Xueqian
吴学谦
(1921–2008)
19 November 1982 12 April 1988 5 years, 4 months Li Xiannian Zhao Ziyang
7 Qian-Qichen.jpg Qian Qichen
钱其琛
(1928–2017)
12 April 1988 18 March 1998 9 years, 11 months Yang Shangkun
Jiang Zemin
Li Peng
8 Tang Jiaxuan 01.jpg Tang Jiaxuan
唐家璇
(born 1938)
18 March 1998 17 March 2003 4 years, 11 months Jiang Zemin Zhu Rongji
9 Li Zhaoxing.jpg Li Zhaoxing
李肇星
(born 1940)
17 March 2003 27 April 2007 4 years, 1 month Hu Jintao Wen Jiabao
10 Yang Jiechi Japan 2020.jpg Yang Jiechi
杨洁篪
(born 1950)
27 April 2007 16 March 2013 5 years, 10 months
11 Wang Yi Japan 2019.jpg Wang Yi
王毅
(born 1953)
16 March 2013 Incumbent 8 years, 260 days Xi Jinping Li Keqiang

References

External links

  • Official English website of the PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs