Shanghai has been a feature of the F1 calendar since 2004 but Chinese drivers have been slower to get off the grid.
As reserve driver, Alexander comes with a large amount of experience and success in junior formula.
Ma Qing Hua said he couldn't be more excited about being the first from his country to drive during a F1 weekend.
Ma Qing Hua tested for HRT at the British Grand Prix, completing 82 laps at Silverstone.
Qing Hua was announced the member of the F1 team's young driver development programme and will test for HRT in july.
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