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

21 Apr 21 Wang Yi met with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas via video link
21 Apr 21 Wang Yi attended a reception marking the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Laos
15 Apr 21 Wang Yi had a phone call with Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Arancha Gonzalez Laya, calls for greater progress in China-EU relations in post-pandemic era
12 Apr 21 Wang Yi says China will stick to solidarity and mutual assistance with other countries to eventually defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.
10 Apr 21 Wang Yi had a phone call with Brazil's new foreign minister Carlos Alberto Franco Franca, says China is willing to work with Brazil to promote their comprehensive strategic partnership Wang made the remarks in a phone conversation with Carlos Alberto Franco Franca, Brazil's new foreign minister
05 Apr 21 Wang Yi had a phone call with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu, says Japan should view China's development with a more positive mentality
04 Apr 21 Wang Yi urged the United States to truly respect China's core interests and take a correct view of China's development
03 Apr 21 Travelled to Fujian Province, Xiamen City and met with the following:
Chung Eui-yong (Minister of Foreign Affairs)
Wang Yi on held talks with Republic of Korea's Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chung Eui-yong in Xiamen
01 Apr 21 Travelled to Fujian Province, Nanping City and met with the following:
Hishammuddin Hussein (Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs)
Wang Yi met with Malaysian FM Hishammuddin Hussein, says China supports holding ASEAN leaders special meeting to mediate Myanmar peace
31 Mar 21 Wang Yi met with his Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan in Nanping City

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