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MAKERS China Profile

Fu Ying, Former Vice Foreign Minister, China

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Fu's Biography

Fu Ying is the former Vice Foreign Minister of China, the first woman to serve in the role since 1979, and one of only two to serve in Chinese history. Born in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China, Fu went on to graduate from the Beijing Foreign Studies University and began her career as an interpreter. After the death of Chairman Mao in 1976, she became the official interpreter of the diplomatic service where she served for the next 20 years. Prior to her appointment as Vice Foreign Minister, Fu served as the Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2009, and to Australia from 2004 to 2007.