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Zhang Wentian : biography

30 June 1900 - 1 July 1976

Zhang Wentian ( 30 June 1900 – 1 July 1976). He is also known as Luo Fu (洛甫). His names in Wade-Giles are Chang Wen-t'ien and Lo Fu.

Born in Jiangsu, he attended engineering school in Nanjing and also spent a year at the University of California. He later joined the Communist Party and was sent to study at Sun Yat-sen University in Moscow from 1926 to 1930. He was one of the group known as the 28 Bolsheviks, but switched to supporting Mao Zedong during the Long March. He was General Secretary of the Communist Party of China from 1935 to 1943, when the post was abolished.Snow, Edgar. Red Star Over China, Pelican edition 1972, page 553. He remained a member of the Politbureau, but ranked 12th of 13 in the 7th Politburo and reduced to Alternate Member in the 8th Politburo

He was First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China from December, 1954 to November, 1960. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China) He was a participant of the Long March, and later served as an ambassador to the Soviet Union from April 1951 to January 1955. At the Lushan Conference in 1959 he supported Peng Dehuai and lost power along with Peng. During the Cultural Revolution he was attacked as an ally of Peng and Liu Shaoqi; he was rehabilitated by Deng Xiaoping after Mao's death.

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