Consulate General of the United States, Wuhan

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Consulate General of the United States of America Wuhan
美国驻武汉总领事馆
Seal of the United States Department of State.svg
Seal of the United States Department of State
Incumbent
Jamie Fouss

since August 2017
Formation 2008
Website wuhan.usembassy-china.org.cn

The Consulate General of the United States in Wuhan is one of the seven American diplomatic and consular posts in the People's Republic of China.

First established in 1861, the U.S. Consulate General in Wuhan reopened in 2008 at its present location at 568 Jianshe Avenue in New World International Trade Tower I. It is the smallest consulate of the United States in China, providing emergency services to U.S. citizens in the region and promoting economic and cultural exchanges. On June 8, 2012, Gary Locke, the former U.S. ambassador to P.R.China, announced that the Consulate-General in Wuhan would be expanded to include full consular and visa services.[1]

History of the consulate[edit]

Area in violet colour denotes the consular district of Consulate General Wuhan

Beginning[edit]

The first American Consulate in Wuhan was opened in April, 1861, one month after Hankow became one of China's treaty ports.

The old consulate built in 1905 was previously JK Panoff's Residence, located on the corner of the Bund with Station Road in the Hankow Russian Concession. It is a red baroque-style keep in brick and concrete structure. Now, it has been transformed into the Wuhan Career Fair Building.

Reopening[edit]

The U.S. Consulate General Wuhan reopened in 2008 after an absence of nearly 60 years. The Consulate's office is located in the New World International Trade Tower, in the Hankou District, of Wuhan.

When it reopened as an American Presence Post (APP), it was staffed by one American Foreign Service Officer.

The Consulate General of the United States in Wuhan was established in November 2007 under the provisions of the 1981 U.S.-China Agreement on Consular Facilities. The Consulate General focuses on providing emergency services to American citizens in the region, promoting U.S. exports and fostering other aspects of our commercial and economic relations, and expanding cultural and educational exchanges between the U.S. and central China.[2]

This is one of six American diplomatic and consular posts in the mainland of the People's Republic of China. The others are: the Embassy in Beijing, and consulate-generals in Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenyang, and Shanghai.

The current Consul General is Jamie Fouss.[3]

Expanding[edit]

On February 10th, 2017, U.S. Consulate-General in Wuhan broke ground on site of future office in Minsheng Bank Building. The construction was planned to start in February and to be completed in summer of 2018, by which time the consulate's capable of offering non-immigrant visa, American citizen services, and other consular services. The new consulate office will also include a large multi-purpose room which will be used to host American cultural events such as lectures, movie nights, art and music.

Consuls General[edit]

The Star-Spangled Banner waving in front of Consulate-General of United States in Wuhan

Jamie Fouss, 2017 - Present

Joseph Zadrozny, 2014 - 2017[4]

Vlad Lipschutz, 2012 - 2014[5]

Diane Sovereign, 2010 - 2012[6]

Wendy Lyle, 2008 - 2010[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 30°35′43″N 114°16′12″E / 30.5953°N 114.2700°E / 30.5953; 114.2700