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Fu Ying

Former Vice Foreign Minister, China

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In this video, Fu recounts her tumultuous upbringing during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and how, despite being separated from her family and studies, she went on to serve in one of the highest positions in the People’s Republic of China.
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.