The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the US-China Business Council, in cooperation with the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, were pleased to welcome Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a dinner on September 24, 2019.

This event continues a National Committee tradition of welcoming every senior Chinese leader to the United States since Deng Xiaoping’s historic visit in 1979.

WANG YI was appointed minister of Foreign Affairs in March 2013, and, since 2018, has also served as a member of the State Council. He has been with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) – and working on China’s foreign relations in Asia – for most of his career.
Wang Yi was born in 1953 in Beijing. He spent eight years (1969 to 1977) as a “sent-down youth” in Inner Mongolia during the Cultural Revolution. In 1982, after his return to Beijing, he received his bachelor’s degree from Beijing International Studies University with a major in Japanese. In 1997, he was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Foreign Relations at Georgetown University, and subsequently received his master’s degree in international relations from the Chinese Foreign Affairs University.
In 1982, Wang Yi took an entry-level position at the Asian Department of the MFA, working his way up to become a division director by 1989. He then moved to the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo, working as a counselor and then minister-counselor.
In 1994, he returned to Beijing to become deputy director-general of MFA’s Asian Department, and was promoted to director-general the following year. In 1998, he was promoted again to become an assistant minister at the Ministry, as well as head of its Policy Research Office.
From 2001 to 2004, he served as vice minister of foreign affairs before being named China’s ambassador to Japan, where he served until 2007. In 2008, he was appointed director of the State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office, and in 2013 became minister of foreign affairs.
Wang Yi was appointed a member of the 18th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Politburo in November 2012, and was also a member of the 17th CCP Central Committee from 2007 to 2012.


Welcoming Remarks
The Honorable Craig B. Allen
President, The US-China Business Council

Toast and Introduction of The Honorable Henry A. Kissinger
The Honorable Carla A. Hills
Chair, National Committee on United States-China Relations
Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Hills & Company

Remarks via Video
The Honorable Henry A. Kissinger
Chairman, Kissinger Associates
Former U.S. Secretary of State

Dinner Service

Introduction of His Excellency Wang Yi
Mr. Evan G. Greenberg
Chair, The US-China Business Council
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Chubb

His Excellency Wang Yi
State Councilor and Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China

Closing Remarks
Mr. Stephen A. Orlins
President, National Committee on United States-China Relations

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

Craig B. Allen
Carla A. Hills
Henry A. Kissinger
Evan G. Greenberg
Wang Yi
Stephen A. Orlins

New York, NY


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