Cui Tiankai became ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the United States on April 15, 2013, having previously served as vice minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2013 and ambassador to Japan from 2007 to 2009.
In addition, he has served various postings in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including: assistant minister (2006-07); director-general of the Department of Asian Affairs (2003-06); director-general (2001-03) and deputy director-general (1999-2001) of the Policy Research Office; deputy director-general and spokesman at the Information Department (1996-97); and deputy division director, director and then counselor at the Department of International Organizations and Conferences (1987-96). He was also minister counselor at the Chinese Permanent Mission to the United Nations (1997-99) and an interpreter for the Chinese Service in the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management at the U.N. Secretariat (1981-84). From 1977 to 1978, Ambassador Cui was a teacher at Shanghai Normal University, where he completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
He was also did postgraduate work at Johns Hopkins University in the United States and with a U.N. Interpreter and Translator Training Course at the Beijing Institute of Foreign Languages.
Ambassador Cui is married with one daughter.
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