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Chennault with her husband, Claire, 1950

Anna Chennault, born Chen Xiangmei (June 23, 1925 – March 30, 2018), also known as Anna Chan Chennault or Anna Chen Chennault, was an American war correspondent and known Republican member of the US China Lobby. She was married to U.S. WWII aviator Claire Lee Chennault. She was born in Peking, China.

In January 1981, Chennault visited Beijing to meet the Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, as a private citizen, but in fact as an unofficial diplomat representing the incoming Republican president Ronald Reagan, who was due to be sworn in as president on 20 January 1981.[1]

Chennault died in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 2018 of complications from a stroke at the age of 94.[2]

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