Jinhua Heritage – Female Diplomat and War Correspondent Hu Jibang
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Hu Jibang (1911-1995) was born in Yongkang and worked as a journalist and diplomat.  Hu graduated from the National Central University (now Nanjing University) in 1935; she was one of the 13 members of the Safeguard Committee of NCU and was involved in the Zhenzhu Bridge Incident in 1931 (see note below). Hu mastered a number of foreign languages, such as English, French, Russian, Japanese, Hungarian, and Latin.

During World War II, Hu was based in the Soviet Union and was hailed as the “first outstanding Chinese woman to the Soviet Union.” She was also the only Chinese war correspondent in Europe at the time, attended numerous major international conferences held in Moscow during the War, and interviewed several global political figures, including Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Josip Tito, and János Kádár, among others.

Hu and her colleague from NCU, Bi Jilong, were hailed by the diplomatic community as “the best couple.” After the foundation of the PRC, Hu took part in the preparatory work of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and became the etiquette trainer of ambassadors’ and generals’ wives. In 1956, Hu was appointed as a reporter of the People’s Daily and also became the director of the International Liaison Department of the All-China Journalists Association. When her husband Bi Jilong was appointed as China’s second nominee to a UN undersecretaryship from 1979 to 1985, Hu Jibang moved to New York with him, becoming counselor of the permanent mission of China to the United Nations.

On May 7, 2015, President Xi Jinping published in the Rossiyskaya Gazeta an article titled “Remember History, Create the Future,” which praises the deeds of Hu Jibang. (Translated by Marco Lovisetto, edited by Kendra Fiddler)

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