Ke Hua, Chinese diplomat, Died at 103

Ke Hua was born on December 19, 1915, and died on January 1 2019. Mr. Ke Hua was a Chinese diplomat.

He served as Chinese Ambassador to Guinea from 1960 to 1964, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana from 1972 to 1974, and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines between 1975 to 1978.

He was also the Chinese Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1978 to 1983.

He was born Lin Dechang in Lihu Town of Puning County, Guangdong Province.

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Ke entered the Yenching University in 1935, during his school days, he participated in the December 9th Movement.

In April 1937, Ke visited Yan’an, where he got the chance to meet Mao Zedong. In November 1937, he went to Linfen, Shanxi to join the Eighth Route Army.

After the establishment of the Communist State in 1949, Ke became vice-party chief of Xi’an, Shaanxi.

In December 1954, he was transferred to Beijing, capital of China, where Ke was appointed director of the Department of Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In March 1960 Ke was appointed Chinese Ambassador to Guinea, a position he held until May 1964.

He returned to China in 1983, and that same year he was appointed counselor of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council.

Ke was involved in the early stage of Sino-British talks on Hong Kong’s future in the early 1980s.

In 1988, Ke became a member of the 7th National Committee Standing committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

Ke retired in 1995.

He passed away at 103 years old.