Yang Yanyi

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Head of Mission of People’s Republic of China to the European Union

Ambassador YANG was born in June 1955. After university graduation, she embarked on her career as a staff in Head Office of China International Travel Service in the year of 1975. This six year working experience enriched her knowledge and views towards foreign affairs, which laid a solid foundation for her following diplomatic career.

Ambassador YANG started as a career diplomat back in 1980’s in the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to the United Republic of Tanzania (1981-1983). During her long diplomatic career, she has tremendous experiences in both bilateral and multilateral arenas. Since 1983, she took up different positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including the Departments of African Affairs (1983-1989), International Organizations and Conferences (1989-1992), Asian Affairs (1996-2001 and 2007-2010), and Policy Planning (2001-2004). In 1992, she was appointed Counselor in the Permanent Mission of the PRC to the United Nations. Her first Ambassadorial appointment was to Brunei Darussalam (2004-2007). From 2010 to 2013, she served as Assistant Minister of International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

Ambassador YANG was appointed as Head of Mission of the PRC to the European Union in January 2014, and is committed to advancing China-EU relations and promoting mutual understanding and exchanges.

Ambassador YANG married to Mr. Wang Weiguo, former Ambassador of the PRC to the Republic of Seychelles. They have one son.


Ambassador YANG has various interests, including reading, yoga, tai chi, calligraphy, photography and travelling.