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UPDATED: 09:28, October 19, 2006
Wang Guangmei, wife of late Chinese president, dies at age of 85
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Wang Guangmei, wife of late Chinese President Liu Shaoqi, died in Beijing on October 13 at the age of 85.

Wang was born in Beijing in 1921 and became a member of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1948.

She graduated from the Beijing's Catholic University as a postgraduate majoring in physics and began her career as an English interpreter at the Beijing Headquarters in Military Mediation for the CPC in 1946. She later went to Yan'an, the revolutionary cradle of the CPC in central Shaanxi Province, to work as interpreter for diplomatic occasions.

She was appointed director of the foreign affairs department of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 1979.

In 1995, the "Project of happiness - Help Impoverished Mothers" was officially launched under her guidance. Thanks to her efforts, the project has raised 310 million yuan (39.9 million U.S. dollars) to relieve 154,000 rural mothers and households from poverty, benefiting 695,000 people.

The 2nd China Poverty Eradication Award honored Wang, along with other nine individuals and organizations, for their outstanding contribution to the fight against poverty on Tuesday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Source: Xinhua

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