Qian Qichen, Chinese diplomat, Died at 89

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Qian Qichen was born on January 5, 1928, and died on May 9, 2017.

He was a Chinese diplomat and politician.

Qian served as China’s foreign minister from 12 April 1988 to 18 March 1998.

While he served as China’s Foreign Minister, he was the first Chinese diplomat to attend an ASEAN event, going to the 1991 ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting in Malaysia; which marks the first time China formally acknowledged ASEAN as an institution and laid the groundwork for future ASEAN-China cooperation, like the ASEAN+3 mechanism and the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (ACFTA.

Qian Qichen passed away at 89 years old.

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