List of Canadian ambassadors to China

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This is a list of Canadian ambassadors to China. Canada previously maintained relations with the Republic of China until October 13, 1970. Since that date Canada has recognized People's Republic of China as the government of China. Canada's embassy in Beijing was established on June 10, 1971.[1] From 1942 to 1946 the representative was in Chongqing (the exile capital for the Republic) and from 1946 to late 1949 in Nanking, then from 1949 to 1971 it was located in Taipei.

Head of Post Appointment Date Termination of mission
Major General Victor Wentworth Odlum[2] November 5, 1942 October 4, 1946
George Sutton Patterson[3] October 4, 1946 October 24, 1946
The Honourable Thomas Clayton Davis[4] October 24, 1946 April 1, 1949
Chester Ronning[3] April 1, 1949 February 26, 1951
John MacLeod Fraser[3] January 11, 1971 June 10, 1971
Ralph Edgar Collins[4] April 8, 1971 September 17, 1972
Charles John Small[4] June 8, 1972 October 8, 1976
Arthur Menzies[4] June 29, 1976 September 23, 1980
Michel Gauvin[4] September 12, 1980 -
Richard Vessot Gorham[4] May 31, 1984 -
Earl Gordon Drake[4] September 10, 1987 October 5, 1990
M. Fred Bild[4] 1990 December 4, 1994
John Lawrence Paynter[4] December 23, 1994 October 31, 1995
Howard Balloch[4] February 13, 1996 -
Joseph Caron[4] July 16, 2001 July 28, 2005
Robert G. Wright[4] August 19, 2005 2009
David Mulroney[4] 2009 2012
Guy St. Jacques[4] 2012 [5]

This posting is assigned to diplomats with experience with relations in China or Asia (namely the Far East). Ronning, Collins and Menzies (b. in Kunming) were Chinese born diplomats and likely appointed due their ability to communicate with the Chinese.

Victor Odlum is the only non diplomat to hold the post.

John Lawrence Paynter died in China shortly after his appointment, making him the only appointee to die at their posting in China.

  1. ^ http://www.international.gc.ca/department/history-histoire/hp_search_results-en.asp?frm=search
  2. ^ Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary
  3. ^ a b c Chargé d'Affaires a.i.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
  5. ^ "Canada names Guy Saint-Jacques ambassador to China". CBC.ca. 2012-09-26. Retrieved 2012-09-26. 

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