Ambassador Wu is currently the Executive Vice Chairman of the China Institute for Innovation and Development Strategy, Special Researcher of the Counselor’s Office of the State Council, Member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Committee of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Member and Vice President of the European Academy of Sciences, and Honorary President of the International Bureau of Exhibitions (BIE).
From 2003-2008, Ambassador Wu served as President of China Foreign Affairs University, Executive Vice President of the China National Association for International Studies, Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Spokesman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). Earlier, he served as China’s Ambassador to France (1998-2003); to the United Nations Office in Geneva and to other international organizations in Switzerland (1996-98); and to the Netherlands (1994-95). Before that, he was Director General of the Information Department and Spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry (1991-1994), deputy chief at China’s embassy in Belgium and its mission to the European Community in Brussels (1989-90) and Counselor at China’s mission to the United Nations in New York (1985-89).
From 2003-2007, Ambassador Wu served as President of the International Bureau of Expositions (BIE), making him the first Asian to take up the post.
Ambassador Wu was born in 1939. He graduated from the Department of French at Beijing Foreign Studies University and from 1965 to 1971 interpreted many times for Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai. In 1971, he became a member of China’s first delegation to the United Nations.
He was awarded by French President Jacques Chirac the honor of Grand Officier of the French Legion of Honor in 2003.