Tang Jiaxuan

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Tang Jiaxuan
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State Councilor
In office
17 March 2003 – 17 March 2008
Serving with
PremierWen Jiabao
8th Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China
In office
17 March 1998 – 17 March 2003
PremierZhu Rongji
Preceded byQian Qichen
Succeeded byLi Zhaoxing
Personal details
Born (1938-01-17) 17 January 1938 (age 80)
Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, Republic of China
Political partyCommunist Party of China
Alma materFudan University
Peking University

Tang Jiaxuan (Chinese: 唐家璇; pinyin: Táng Jiāxuán) (born January 17, 1938) was foreign minister of the People's Republic of China from 1998–2003.

After various diplomatic postings in Japan, he became Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1991, Vice minister of foreign affairs in 1993 and Minister of foreign affairs from 1998 to 2003. He continued to serve on the State Council until 2008.


In 2009, Tang published Jing Yu Xu Feng (Chinese: 劲雨煦风; Chinese: 勁雨煦風; pinyin: Jìng Yǔ Xù Fēng), a memoir covering ten years of Tang's experiences in China's Foreign Ministry from 1998-2008. It was translated into English and published by Harper in 2011 as Heavy Storm & Gentle Breeze: A Memoir of China's Diplomacy.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Qian Qichen
Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China
Succeeded by
Li Zhaoxing