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 Highlight

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.

Recent Career Data

2018— Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Reelected March 19, 2018)
2018— State Councilor, State Council
2017— Member, 19th CPC, Central Committee
2017— Member, CPC, Central Committee, Central LSG for Internet Security and Informationization
2017— Member, CPC, Central Committee, Central Foreign Affairs Commission
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

Recent Travel & Appearances

04/21/21 Wang Yi met with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas via video link
04/21/21 Wang Yi attended a reception marking the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Laos
04/15/21 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
04/12/21 Wang Yi says China will stick to solidarity and mutual assistance with other countries to eventually defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.
04/10/21 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

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