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Xi Qi 郤錡

Nov 6, 2012 © Ulrich Theobald

Xi Qi 郤錡 (d. 574 BCE) was a nobleman of the house of Xi 郤 in the state of Jin 晉 during the Spring and Autumn period 春秋 (770-5th cent. BCE).

He was a son of Xi Ke 郤克 and served Duke Li 晉厲公 (r. 581-573) as a minister.

In 578, war erupted with the state of Qin 秦. Xi Qi was sent to the state of Lu 魯 to ask for military support, but he did not properly transmit the wish of his ruler and was criticized by Zhongsun Mie 仲孫蔑, the chief minister of Lu.

In 575, he commanded the army of Jin in a campaign against Chu 楚 whose army he defeated in the battle of Yanling 鄢陵.

At another occasion, Xi Qi seized a tract of land owned by Yiyang Wu 夷陽五. Duke Li used this occasion to have Xu Tong 胥童 and Yiyang Wu killed his unreliable minister.

Xi Qi was one of the "Three Xi" 三郤 whom Duke Li had assassinated, the others being Xi Chou 郤犨 and Xi Zhi 郤至. With their death the house of Xi was extinguished.

Sources:
Cang Xiuliang 倉修良, ed. (1991). Shiji cidian 史記辭典 (Jinan: Shandong jiaoyu chubanshe), 243.
Zhang Weizhi 張撝之, Shen Qiwei 沈起煒, Liu Dezhong 劉德重, ed. (1999). Zhongguo lidai renming da cidian 中國歷代人名大辭典 (Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe), Vol. 2, 1757.