Compiled from the following sources:

Special biographic research
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 Clerk, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Asian Affairs Department
1982—1989 Division Chief, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Asian Affairs Department
1982—1989 Deputy Division Chief, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Asian Affairs Department
1978—1982 Student, Beijing International Studies University Beijing Municipality


Recent Travel & Appearances

24 Sep 20 Wang Yi raised five proposals to improve global governance here when attending a video meeting of world leaders held by the UN Security Council.
17 Sep 20 Wang Yi had an in-depth exchange of views over the phone on the situation in Yemen with Saudi FM Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud
16 Sep 20 Wang Yi met with Mongolian President Khaltmaa Battulga, both commit to strengthening bilateral cooperation
13 Sep 20 Wang Yi met with Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan Chingiz Aidarbekov, agreed to further deepen cooperation between the two countries
11 Sep 20 Travelled to Russia, Moscow and met with the following:
Sergei Lavrov (Russian Foreign Minister)
Wang Yi says China and Russia should strengthen cooperation in the fight against COVID-19
10 Sep 20 Wang Yi met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in Moscow, Russia
10 Sep 20 Wang Yi says China ready to work with partners to strengthen SCO's risk response
09 Sep 20 Wang Yi attends the ASEAN-China foreign ministers' meeting via video link, urged the United States to follow the historical trend toward multipolarity in the world and democracy in international relations.
04 Sep 20 Wang Yi attended meeting of foreign ministers of BRICS via video link, says BRICS countries should boost confidence, deepen cooperation and strengthen coordination so as to fulfill responsibilities for international peace and global development
03 Sep 20 Wang Yi attended a video conference of the G20 foreign ministers, says China is willing to work with all parties to promote an initiative on facilitating the cross-border movement of people and goods

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