Geng Shuang

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Geng Shuang
耿爽
Geng Shuang (cropped).png
Geng in 2017
Deputy Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations
Assumed office
2020
Preceded byWu Haitao
Deputy Director of Foreign Ministry Information Department of the
People's Republic of China
In office
2016–2020
Preceded byHong Lei
Succeeded byZhao Lijian
Personal details
BornApril 1973 (age 48)
Beijing, China
Political partyCommunist Party of China
Children1
Alma materTufts University

Geng Shuang (Chinese: 耿爽; pinyin: Gěng Shuǎng; born April 1973) is a Chinese politician serving as China's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations. He formerly served as the deputy director of the Foreign Ministry Information Department of the People's Republic of China.

Biography[edit]

Geng was born in Beijing in April 1973. He obtained a master of arts degree in International Relations from Tufts University in 2006.[1]

Beginning in 1995, he served in several posts in the Foreign Ministry, including staff member, secretary, counsellor, and division director.[1]

He was counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in the United States from 2011 to 2015.[1]

In 2015, he returned to Beijing and was appointed the counsellor of the Foreign Ministry's International Economic Division.[1]

He was elevated to deputy director of the Foreign Ministry Information Department in 2016.[1] On September 26, 2016, he became a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China.[2]

During a routine press conference on 5 June 2020, Geng Shuang announced that he would no longer be holding the position of spokesperson for China's Foreign Ministry. He was succeeded by Zhao Lijian. On July 7, he presented his credentials to the United Nations Secretariat as China's new Deputy Permanent Representative and Ambassador.

Business[edit]

On May 31, 2019, Geng Shuang issued a statement to Canada: "We hope that the Canadian side can have a clear understanding of the consequences of endangering itself for the gains of the U.S. and take immediate actions to correct its mistakes so as to spare itself the suffering from growing damage."[3] The statement was in response to China's hostage taking of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in response to the house arrest of China-based Huawei's Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou. Wanzhou is free on bail and living in an expensive home in Vancouver, Canada. When publicly asked by the German envoy to the UN security council to release the men being held in prison without trial, Geng expressed his happiness that the envoy was leaving his post.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Geng is married and has a daughter.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f 外交部发言人耿爽简历 [Resume of Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang]. mfa.gov.cn (in Chinese). 2016.
  2. ^ 外交部第30任发言人耿爽亮相并主持记者会(图). ifeng.com (in Chinese). 2016-09-26.
  3. ^ "China tells Canada of 'consequences' of helping U.S. with Huawei case". The Associated Press, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. May 31, 2019. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  4. ^ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-china-russia-un/good-riddance-china-says-as-germany-leaves-u-n-security-council-idUSKBN28W2HV?il=0
Government offices
Preceded by
Hong Lei
Deputy Director of Foreign Ministry Information Department of the
People's Republic of China

2016–2020
Succeeded by
Zhao Lijian
Preceded by
Wu Haitao
Deputy Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations
2020–present
Incumbent