Wang Yi (politician)
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|Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China|
16 March 2013
|Preceded by||Yang Jiechi|
|Director of Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council|
1 June 2008 – 16 March 2013
|Preceded by||Chen Yunlin|
|Succeeded by||Zhang Zhijun|
|Chinese Ambassador to Japan|
26 September 2004 - 24 September 2007
|Preceded by||Wu Dawei|
|Succeeded by||Cui Tiankai|
19 October 1953 |
|Relations||Qian Jiadong (father-in-law)|
|Alma mater||Beijing International Studies University
China Foreign Affairs University
Wang Yi (Chinese: 王毅; born 19 October 1953) is the Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China. A professional diplomat, Wang formerly served as Vice Foreign Minister, ambassador to Japan, and director of the Taiwan Affairs Office.
Early life and education
Born in Beijing, Wang was sent to Northeast China after graduating from high school in September 1969. He served in the Northeast Construction Army Corps in Heilongjiang Province for eight years. In December 1977, Wang returned to Beijing, and in the same year was enrolled in the department of Asian and African Languages of Beijing International Studies University (BISU), studying Japanese language. He graduated in February 1982, with a bachelor's degree.
Upon graduation, Wang was sent to the Asian section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and began his career as a diplomat. In September 1989, he was sent to the Chinese Embassy in Japan and served there for five years. When he returned to China in March 1994, Wang was appointed as vice section chief of the Asian section of the Ministry and was promoted to section chief the next year. From August 1997 to February 1998, Wang was a visiting scholar at the institute of foreign relations of Georgetown University in the United States. Soon after his return, he was promoted to Minister assistant and the director of office of policy research. From September 1999, Wang studied international relations at China Foreign Affairs University and obtained a master's degree. In February 2001, Wang was elevated to deputy Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in charge of Asian affairs. He was then the youngest deputy Minister.
In September 2004, Wang was appointed as the ambassador to Japan and he served in this post until September, 2007. In June 2008, Wang succeeded Chen Yunlin as the director of Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council of PRC.
Wang has been a member of the 17th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China in session between 2007 and 2012 and the current 18th Central Committee insession between 2012 and 2017.
On 16 March 2013, Wang was appointed minister of foreign affairs after he was approved by the Congress.
Wang's wife is the daughter of Qian Jiadong, the foreign affairs secretary of Zhou Enlai.
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