Ji Chaozhu, long-time Chinese Communist Party cadre translator and diplomat, died on April 29, 2020, aged 90 in Beijing. He was translator for Mao, Zhou Enlai and Deng Xiaoping in their interactions with the Americans and visits to USA. He is survived by his wife, Wang Xiangtong, whom he met at a French class while she was working as an English translator for the International Red Cross. During their early courtship she told him that her father and brothers lived in Taiwan, the base of the defeated Chinese nationalists. She warned Ji Chaozhu that the connection would scupper his ambitions for high office. He told her he did not care. They married in 1957. She went on to work for the UN. He is also survived by their two sons, Xiaotan Chaozhu and Xiao-bin Chaozhu. In 2008 Random House published his memoir The Man on Mao’s Right. The Times published his obituary on May 30.

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