Wang Hairong, first female vice foreign minister, dies at 79

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/10 23:28:39

China's first female vice foreign minister and former vice director of the Counselor's Office of the State Council, Wang Hairong, died on Saturday.

Wang, 79, died of an undisclosed illness in Beijing, news website thepaper.cnon Saturday reported, citing the Counselor's Office of the State Council.

Wang was born in Changsha, Central China's Hunan Province in September 1938. Her grandfather, Wang Jifan, was an elder cousin of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong.

Wang joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in November 1965 after graduating from Beijing Normal Institute and pursuing further studies in English at Beijing Foreign Languages Institute, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on its official website.

From July 1971 to May 1972, Wang served as Deputy Director General of Protocol Department at the MFA and was among those present at the reception of former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger during his secret visit to China, and at the reception of former US President Richard Nixon during his state visit to China, the MFA added.

She was assistant foreign minister in charge of protocol from 1972 to 1974 and became the first female vice foreign minister of China in July 1974.

After April 1984, Wang served as deputy chief of the Counselor's Office of the State Council.

Global Times



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