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Celebration of the Life of Zhou Huazhang, the Nephew of China’s Former Premier, Zhou Enlai

Zhou Huazhang

Zhou Huazhang, financial professional and family man of China


Invitation to celebrate the life of Zhou Huazhang

Zhou Enlai

Zhou Enlai was the first Premier of modern China; and uncle to Zhou Huazhang

Beijing event attended by friends and family from across China and America

BEIJING, CAPITAL DISTRICT, CHINA, July 15, 2019 / -- A celebration of the life of Zhou Huazhang, nephew of the former Premier of China, Zhou Enlai, took place yesterday in Beijing. Zhou Huazhang led a simple life, yet his accomplishments were significant. He helped China to emerge as a strong, united nation through a dedicated professional career. He also had a long history of positive connection with his family in the United States. Mr. Zhou passed away peacefully on July 2, 2019, at his home in Beijing. The celebration of his life, a statement of renewal for all his friends, family and colleagues, was held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Beijing beginning at 11:11 am.

Zhou Huazhang arrived in the capital, Beijing, in 1949, at the age of 19 -- at a time when China was in crisis and emerging from war and revolution. He played a key role in finance, foreign affairs and opening up China to international visitors, through his work at the Peace Hotel (so named by Zhou Enlai) and at the diplomatic host facility in Fragrant Hills. He helped China to establish its first productive foreign banking relationships, after independence in 1949. China celebrates its 70th birthday in a few weeks, a dream long cherished by Zhou Huazhang and his entire family.

After retirement, Zhou Huazhang spent 11 years living and working in America. He grew to deeply understand and appreciate the United States and its people, and the importance of sustaining positive relations with China. He participated in many events, including a 2014 re-enactment of the famous “Handshake” between Premier Zhou Enlai and President Richard Nixon. He authored a book, called “Home,” which documents the historic role the Zhou family has played through the centuries in China, which will be published later this year.

Sun Xiaoyan, Director of the Zhou Enlai National Memorial in Huaian, Jiangsu Province, delivered a special message to those in attendance. Sending personal messages were Zhou Bingde, the niece of Zhou Enlai; and Liao Xinwen, former director of the Zhou Enlai Study Group at the Central Committee.

Also speaking were the son and daughter of Zhou Huazhang, Zhou Qing and Zhou Xiaofang; his son-in-law Michael North; and special friends from America, attorney Roger Epstein and producer David Castellano. Personal messages were received from the Speaker Emeritus of the House of Representatives of the State of Hawaii, Calvin Say; international financier Arthur Lipper; and author Elisabet Sahtouris.

Attending the event were three senior executives of the new China-US Joint Venture, Galaxy Trade and Technology, which focuses on the international export of magnesium. Making the journey from Yulin, Shaanxi Province, were government official Liu Bin; investor Li Jianjun; and business manager Hu Ming.

Zhou Huazhang leaves his beloved wife of 60 years, Hou Yunzhen; his son Zhou Qing and his daughter, Zhou Xiaofang, and his grand-daughter Meihua. The event was hosted and co-sponsored by the Zhou Enlai Peace Institute and the Grand Hyatt Beijing.


China mobile: Zhou Xiaofang, 1366-125-8223
U.S. mobile: Michael North, 01-323-422-9602

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