Compiled from the following sources:

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Wen Wei Publishing Company, Ltd. 2002-2006

Who's Who, Current Chinese Leaders
Wen Wei Publishing Company, Ltd. 2003-2005

XINHUA Online (China View)


Revision History:

Biography Revised: 3/22/2018
Career Data Updated: 3/22/2018

PHOTO: Wang Yi
Wang Yi 王毅
Member, 19th CPC, Central Committee; Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; State Councilor, State Council
Born: 1953

Biography

Wang Yi, male, Han nationality, is a native of Beijing. He was born in 1953, entered the work force in 1969, graduated from Beijing International Studies University (Beijing 2nd Foreign Studies University) with a Bachelor Degree in 1982, and holds a Master Degree in Economics. Wang Yi has been with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for most of his career. He is a distinguished diplomat who has served in Japan, and worked for many years in the Asian Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Wang Yi was promoted to vice minister in 2001 and became ambassador to Japan in 2004. He was a member of the 17th and 18th CPC Central Committees and director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council from 2008 to 2013. In 2013 he became Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He is a member of the 19th CPC Central Committee. In 2018 he was re-appointed Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and named State Councilor of the State Council.

Career Data

2018— State Councilor, State Council
2018— Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Reelected March 19, 2018)
2017— Member, CPC, Central Committee, Central Foreign Affairs Commission
2017— Member, CPC, Central Committee, Central LSG for Internet Security and Informationization
2017— Member, 19th CPC, Central Committee
2013—2018 Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2012—2017 Member, 18th CPC, Central Committee
2008—2013 Director, Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council
2007—2012 Member, 17th CPC, Central Committee
2004—2007 Ambassador, Chinese Embassy Japan, Tokyo
2001—2004 Vice-Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1998—2001 Assistant to the Foreign Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1998—2001 Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Policy Research Office
1995—1998 Chief, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Asian Affairs Department
1994—1995 Deputy Chief, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Asian Affairs Department
1989—1994 Counselor, Chinese Embassy Japan, Tokyo
1982—1989 Deputy Division Chief, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Asian Affairs Department
1982—1989 Division Chief, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Asian Affairs Department
1982—1989 Clerk, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Asian Affairs Department
1978—1982 Student, Beijing International Studies University Beijing Municipality


Recent Travel & Appearances

14 Jan 20 Travelled to Sri Lanka, Colombo and met with the following:
Gotabaya Rajapaksa (Sri Lankan President)
Wang Yi met wtih Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, China, Sri Lanka vow to further promote cooperation
13 Jan 20 Travelled to Zimbabwe, Harare and met with the following:
Emmerson Mnangagwa (Zimbabwean President)
Wang Yi met with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Harare, Zimbabwe
12 Jan 20 Travelled to Zimbabwe, Harare
Wang Yi says FOCAC has become an important platform for collective dialogue and effective mechanism for practical cooperation btw China and Africa
11 Jan 20 Travelled to Burundi, Bujumbura and met with the following:
Ezechiel Nibigira (Burundian Foreign Minister)
Wang Yi met with Burundian Foreign Minister Ezechiel Nibigira in Bujumbura
08 Jan 20 Travelled to Egypt, Cairo and met with the following:
Ahmed Aboul Gheit (Secretary General, Arab League)
Wang Yi met with Arab League (AL) Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit in Cairo, calls for deepening China-Arab strategic partnership
04 Jan 20 Wang Yi on phone call with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, says China will play a constructive role in maintaining peace, security in Middle East. Urges U.S. not to abuse force
04 Jan 20 Wang Yi discussed Gulf tensions, cooperation at UN Security Council with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a phone call
31 Dec 19 Was in Beijing Municipality and met with the following:
Mohammad Javad Zarif (Iranian Foreign Minister)
Wang Yi held talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Beijing, says China will firmly safeguard international fairness and promote political solution to the Iran nuclear issue
21 Dec 19 Wang Yi met with Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, China and India agree to enhance mutual political trust to properly handle border issues
17 Dec 19 Travelled to Belgium, Brussels and met with the following:
Charles Michel (President of the European Council)
Wang Yi met with president of the European Council Charles Michel, says China and EU should join hands to defend multilateralism

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