Zhang Yesui

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Zhang Yesui
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Zhang Yesui with U.S. President Barack Obama in the White House
Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
March 26, 2013
Preceded by Wu Dawei
In office
Preceded by Wang Guangya
Succeeded by Wu Dawei
Ambassador of China to the United States
In office
March 19, 2010 – April 9, 2013
Preceded by Zhou Wenzhong
Succeeded by Cui Tiankai
Permanent Representative and Ambassador of China to the United Nations
In office
October 10, 2008 – March 3, 2010
Preceded by Wang Guangya
Succeeded by Li Baodong
Personal details
Born (1953-10-01) October 1, 1953 (age 63)
Hubei Province
Nationality Chinese
Political party Communist Party of China
Spouse(s) Chen Naiqing
Alma mater Beijing Foreign Studies University
London School of Economics
Zhang Yesui
Chinese 张业遂

Zhang Yesui (Chinese: 张业遂; born October 1953) is a Chinese diplomat serving as the current Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs for the People's Republic of China. He was formerly the Chinese Ambassador to the United States. He has previously served as Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations.


Zhang Yesui was born in October 1953 in Hubei Province and is a native of that region. He graduated from the Beijing Foreign Studies University and studied at the London School of Economics. After his completing his education, he entered diplomatic service and was posted to the Chinese Embassy to the United Kingdom in London. Zhang then assumed various posts in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs's Department of International Organizations and Conferences and Protocol Department. In 2000, he rose to become Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs responsible for administration, protocol and personnel and then became Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2003 with areas of responsibility including policy research, Africa, Europe, North America and Oceania affairs, arms control and disarmament, and International Treaty and Law. In 2008, he was appointed China's Ambassador to the United Nations replacing Wang Guangya.

Zhang is married to Chen Naiqing, who is also an ambassador. They have a daughter.[1][2] Zhang and his wife were posted to the U.N. Mission from 1988-92. Chen was ambassador to Norway (2003–2007) and ambassador to the Six Party Talks for a year and a half before coming to New York with her husband.[3]

In 2012, Zhang was named Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs; he was later named Secretary of the Party Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (rank equivalent of minister). Zhang is an alternate member of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.[4]


  1. ^ Biography of Zhang Yesui. China Vitae.
  2. ^ Biography of Ambassador Zhang. Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations.
  3. ^ National Committee Welcomes Ambassadors Zhang Yesui and Peng Keyu. National Committee on United States-China Relations.
  4. ^ "中华人民共和国外交部". www.fmprc.gov.cn. Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Wang Guangya
Permanent Representative and Ambassador of China to the United Nations
Succeeded by
Li Baodong
Preceded by
Zhou Wenzhong
Chinese Ambassador to the United States
Succeeded by
Cui Tiankai