Zheng Tuobin

Zheng Tuobin (Chinese: 郑拓彬; Wade–Giles: Cheng T'o-pin; born 24 February 1924) is a Chinese retired politician. He served as Minister of Foreign Trade (1981–1982), Deputy Minister of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade (1982–1985), and Minister of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade (1985–1990).

Zheng Tuobin
Minister of Foreign Trade
In office
September 1981 – March 1982
Preceded byLi Qiang
Succeeded byChen Muhua (as Minister of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade)
Minister of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade
In office
March 1985 – December 1990
Preceded byChen Muhua
Succeeded byLi Lanqing
Personal details
Born (1924-02-24) 24 February 1924 (age 97)
Chengcheng County, Shaanxi, China
Political partyCommunist Party of China


Zheng was born 24 February 1924 in Liujiawa Township, Chengcheng County, Shaanxi Province. He joined the Communist Party of China in 1938 and worked as a middle school teacher and head of Yan'an Tobacco Factory in the Yan'an Communist base.[1][2]

After the founding of the People's Republic of China, Zheng was transferred to work in the Ministry of Trade. From 1958 to 1964, he served as Commercial Counselor at the Chinese embassy in the Soviet Union.[1][2] He was impacted by the Cultural Revolution and sent to perform manual labour at a May Seventh Cadre School from 1966 to 1971.[2] In 1973, he was appointed Director of the Third Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Trade.[1]

After the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976, Zheng joined the Central Working Group in Shanghai to participate in the purging of Gang of Four remnants.[1] He became Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade in 1977 and was promoted to Minister in September 1981. In March 1982, the Ministry of Foreign Trade merged with the Ministry of Foreign Economic Liaison, headed by Chen Muhua, to form the new Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations. Chen became head of the new ministry, while Zheng the First Vice-Minister.[2] On 21 March 1985, Zheng was promoted to Minister when Chen was appointed President of the People's Bank of China.[3] In the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, he was dismissed in December 1990 with no reason given, and was replaced by his deputy Li Lanqing.[4] He officially retired in 1992.[1][2]

Zheng was a member of the 12th and 13th Central Committees of the Communist Party of China.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e "对外贸易部部长原部长郑拓彬". Sina. 2013-03-16. Retrieved 2018-04-29.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Zheng Tuobin" (in Chinese). PRC Ministry of Commerce. Retrieved 2018-04-29.
  3. ^ Colin Mackerras; Amanda Yorke (1991). The Cambridge Handbook of Contemporary China. Cambridge University Press. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-521-38755-2. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Wudunn, Sheryl (1990-12-29). "China Ousts 2 Aides and Raises Drug Penalties". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-04-30.