|Intro||Wife of Xi Zhongxun and mother of Xi Jinping|
|Is||Historian Writer Memoirist Mother|
|Field||Literature Social science|
|Birth||1926, Gaoyang County, Baoding, Hebei, People's Republic of China|
Qi Xin (Chinese: 齐心; born November 1926) is a Communist Party of China member who has written various articles on her husband Xi Zhongxun and is mother to Xi Jinping, current General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (paramount leader).
Qi Xin was born in 1926. Her father, Qi Houzhi (齐厚之), was the head of the law bureau in the Nationalist government's Third Army during the Northern Expedition.
In 1938, during the Second Sino-Japanese War, Qi was attending a girl's middle school in Beiping, modern Beijing. After Beiping fell to the Japanese army, her elder sister Yun (Chinese: 云) took her to Tunliu County, Shanxi, to join the Eighth Route Army. Yun sent her younger sibling to the schoolgirl's team of the Counter-Japanese Military and Political University.
Later in the winter of 1939, Qi transferred to the female cadre's branch of the Cadre's School in Changzhi County, where she served as a team leader. She participated in fighting at Yincheng and Xihuo town. Qi entered the Central Party School in 1941, then was sent to Yan'an University's middle school in 1942. She married Xi Zhongxun in April 1944, then after graduating school later that year, Qi went to a rural village to work.
In 1952, Qi moved with her husband to Beijing so that he could serve as head of the propaganda department. In 1953, Qi enrolled in the Marx's Institute. After graduating, Qi continued work at the institute, which was located quite far from the family home and required her husband to look after their children. Qi visited provincial and county-level schools set-up by the communist government as a consultant. It has been suggested that this position provided her family with relatively good protection during the Cultural Revolution, when her husband was denounced, but not imprisoned. Qi was asked to accompany Xi to Luoyang in 1975, however, to look after him whilst he was still under investigation.
A documentary about Qi was made in 2001, detailing her revolutionary background, titled Loyal and Dependable——Qi Xin wife of Xi Zhongxun (Chinese: 忠贞——习仲勋的夫人齐心; pinyin: zhōngzhēn——Xí Zhòngxūn de fūren Qí Xīn). The piece also emphasised the education she has given her children and the high expectations she had of their work.
Qi met Xi Zhongxun in 1943 whilst studying at the middle school in Suide County. At the time, Xi was still married to his first wife, Hao Mingzhu (Chinese: 郝明珠), with whom he had three children. Later, the head of education at the Counter-Japanese Military and Political University wrote to Xi, introducing Qi Xin, after having met her sister and father. After sending Xi her own autobiographical introduction, the two married at the prefectural party office in Suide County on 28 April 1944. The couple had their first child in 1949, a daughter named Qiaoqiao (Chinese: 桥桥), followed by another daughter in 1952 named An'an (Chinese: 安安), and two sons named Jinping and Yuanping (Chinese: 远平). They led a frugal and austere lifestyle, not having shoes for the younger sons.
Qi's younger brother, Qi Bu (Chinese: 齊步) (also known as Qi Ruixin (Chinese: 齊銳新)) (d.1987), was vice party secretary of the China National Gold Group and a top official in the gold and mineral exploration arm of the People’s Armed Police. CCP leader Xi Jinping considered him "very close".
Qi's nephew, by Qi Bu (and 1st cousin to Xi Jinping), Chai Ming (Chinese: 齊明) was the chairman of Shenzhen ZTE Zhongxing Keyang Environmental Protection Co., Ltd. and director of GQY Video. Chai gained media attention for gambling US$39 million at Melbourne, Australia's Crown casino in one period of 18 months.
- Xi Zhongxun (husband) (15 October 1913 – 24 May 2002)
- Qi Qiaoqiao (b. 1 March 1949)
- married Deng Jiagui (b. 1951)
- Qi An'an (b. 1952)
- married Wu Lung
- Xi Jinping (b. 15 June 1953)
- married Peng Liyuan (b. 20 November 1962) and have one daughter, Xi Mingze (b. 27 June 1992)
- Xi Yuanping (b. November 1956)
- married Zhang Lanlan
- Qi Qiaoqiao (b. 1 March 1949)
- Qi 齐, Xin 心 (2013). "习仲勋蒙冤十六年" [Xi Zhongsun has been wronged these past 60 years]. Dangjian Wenhui. Xiabanyue ban (in Chinese) (011): 48.
- Qi 齐, Xin 心 (14 December 2011). "我与习仲勋风雨相伴的55年" [55 years of accompanying each other through trials and hardships: Xi Zhongxun and I]. Laorenbao. A28 (in Chinese). Retrieved 27 April 2017.