Wan Yongxiang, male, Han nationality, is a native of Henan Province. He was born in 1944 and is a university graduate.
A fixture at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wan has rotated among several departments. He served as section chief of the African affairs department, director-general of the personnel department, and deputy section chief of the Information Department.
Until 1992, his only overseas appointment was a second secretary post to the Chinese Embassy in Mali. After an assistant minister position at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wan became ambassador to Czechoslovakia. A four year stint as vice-minister at the ministry was followed by ambassadorships to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Brazil.
In 2002, Wan became commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Macao SAR.