He Yafei was born in 1955 is a native of Ningbo, Zhejiang province. He completed studies at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland and holds a master's degree. He is a lifelong diplomat. He is now vice-minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His responsibilities include: North America and Oceania, international organizations and conferences, arms control, protocol, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan-related foreign affairs. He is married and has one daughter. He represented China during the negotiations of the Copenhagen Accord in December 2009.