Cui Tiankai

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Cui Tiankai
Chinese Ambassador to the United States
Assumed office
April 15, 2013
Preceded by Zhang Yesui
Personal details
Born October 1952 (age 63)
Nationality Chinese
Political party Communist Party of China
Alma mater East China Normal University
Johns Hopkins University

Cui Tiankai (born October 1952) is a Chinese diplomat and currently the Chinese Ambassador to the United States.


Born 1952 in Zhejiang Province, China, Cui graduated from the School of Foreign Languages of East China Normal University as well as from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. He worked for the Chinese delegation to the United Nations before ascending to his position in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.[1]


On March 6, 2013, Cui Tiankai was interviewed by reporters from China Youth Daily when he attended the National People's Congress. "The root cause of all problems in Sino-Japan relationship is that whether Japan can accept a powerful China." Cui said, "If Japan can realize and solve this problem in her mind, all the other problems can be solved easily."[2]

On October 8, 2013, Cui Tiankai delivered a speech at the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. He said some Japanese believe that: "During World War II, Japan was only defeated by United States and her atom bombs. Therefore, Japan only needs to get along well with United States while ignoring other nations." "This is a downright incorrect viewpoint." Cui emphasizes that, "Japan was defeated by all the peace-loving people including both Chinese and American people. There will be dire consequences if Japan is misled by incorrect viewpoints about past history."[3]

In 2012, the case of the blind activist Chen Guangcheng triggered a diplomatic dispute between China and the US. Chen were permitted to study law in mainland China before going to the US for further studies. When Cui saw the shortlist of the universities that the Americans recommended, he roared: "There's no way he's going to East China Normal, I will not share an alma mater with that man!"[4]


During a meeting with Washington Governor Jay Inslee in April 2015, a group of protesters took down a Chinese flag flying outside the state capitol, which had been raised in honor of Tiankai's visit.[5]

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  2. ^ People's Daily (2013-03-06). "Discussions with Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs" (in Chinese). Beijing. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  3. ^ China News (2013-10-09). "Cui Tiankai: Hope Some Japanese Drop Incorrect Viewpoints on History" (in Chinese). Beijing. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  4. ^ Week in China (2014-06-20). "Hillary's China syndrome". Hong Kong. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  5. ^ Chasmar, Jessica. "Conservatives protest Chinese flag flying at Washington state capitol." Washington Times. 2015-04-08. Retrieved 2015-04-08.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Wang Yi
Chinese Ambassador to Japan
Succeeded by
Cheng Yonghua