The Chinese government named yesterday the three new deputy heads of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Veteran diplomat Fu Ying has become the second woman to be appointed vice-minister since Wang Hairong, who held the post from 1974 to 1979.
|Fu Ying [File: cnsphoto]|
Fu, who is of Mongolian ethnicity, graduated from the Beijing Foreign Studies University and gained her MA in International Relations from the UK University of Kent. The 57-year-old diplomat has also been Chinese ambassador to the Philippines, Australia and the UK.
Fu Ying has been widely commended in recent years for her proactive approach, media savvy and in-depth knowledge of social issues.
During her time as Chinese ambassador to the UK Fu took every opportunity to convey the point of view of China, its government and people to the British through statements to the media. The most recent example is the article she wrote for the Daily Telegraph in response to disruptions of the Beijing Olympics torch relay in London and Paris by supporters of Tibetan separatism, in which she called for mutual understanding and respect.
Fu's hobbies are books, golf and tennis. She and her husband, senior ethnologist Hao Shiyuan, have a daughter.
(Source: chinanews.com.cn / Translated by womenofchina.cn)
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