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Europe – Asia Center

High-level dialogue on EU – China relations between H.E. Erik Solheim and Ambassador Fu Ying

Brussels, May 18th, 2023

The Europe-Asia Center proudly hosted a high-level dialogue between vice-chair H.E. Erik Solheim, former UN Deputy Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environmental Programme, and Ambassador Fu Ying, former Vice Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China. The virtual event revolved around prospects of China-EU relations in the multilateral world. Excellency Solheim and Ambassador Fu Ying concluded dialogue with a key emphasis on the need for fostering bridge-building and mutual understanding. Europe – Asia Center’s director Ms Rui Yan and deputy director Matic Gajsek furthermore presented center’s ongoing projects and discussed synergies of collaboration between the center and Center for International Security and Strategy (CISS) of Tsinghua University.

About Fu Ying

Fu Ying served as Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, firstly responsible for the European Affairs and then for Asian Affairs (2009-2013). As a renowned senior diplomat, she started her career with China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in 1978 and had long engaged in Asian affairs. She was appointed as Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines (1998-2000), Director General of the Asian Department of MFA (2000-2003), Ambassador to Australia (2003-2006), and Ambassador to the United Kingdom (2006-2009).

Fu Ying was elected deputy to China’s 12th (2013) and then 13th (2018) National People’s Congress (NPC) and served as Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee and spokesperson of the 12th NPC. She now serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee of China’s 13th National People’s Congress.

Ambassador Fu Ying is the founder of the Center for International Security and Strategy of Tsinghua University (CISS), where she holds the post of Chairperson.


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