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Biography Revised: 3/18/2008
Career Data Updated: 3/18/2008

Wu Yi 吴仪
Member of the Politburo of the 16th CPC Central Committee, Former Vice-Premier of the State Council
Born: 1938


Wu Yi, female, 63, Han nationality, is a native of Wuhan, Hubei Province. She was born in November 1938, joined the CPC in April 1962 and entered the workforce in August 1962. Wu graduated from the Oil Refinery Department, Beijing Petroleum Institute, where she majored in oil refinery engineering. As a university graduate, Wu has the title of Senior Engineer.

Wu spent her early career in the petroleum industry, first in Lanzhou and later in Beijing in the Ministry of Petroleum Industry. In the mid 1980s, she was a Party official and business executive at Yanshan Petroleum Corporation. Later she held government positions in Beijing and 1993, became Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation.

Wu was an alternate member, 13th CPC Central Committee and a member of the 14th and 15th CPC Central Committees. She was a member of the Politburo of the 16th CPC Central Committee and served as vice-premier of the State Council from 2003-2008.

Career Data

2003—2008 Vice-Premier, State Council
2003—2005 Minister, Ministry of Health
2002—2007 Member, 16th CPC, Central Committee, Politburo
2002—2007 Member, 16th CPC, Central Committee
1998— Member, State Council CPC, Leading Party Group
1998—2003 State Councilor, State Council
1997—2002 Alternate Member, 15th CPC, Central Committee, Politburo
1997—2002 Member, 15th CPC, Central Committee
1993—1998 Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation CPC, Leading Party Group
1993—1998 Minister, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation
1992—1997 Member, 14th CPC, Central Committee
1991—1993 Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation CPC, Leading Party Group
1991—1993 Vice-Minister, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation
1988—1991 Vice-Mayor, People's Government Beijing Municipality
1987—1992 Alternate Member, 13th CPC, Central Committee
1983—1988 Secretary, Beijing Yanshan Petrochemical Corp. CPC, Party Committee Beijing Municipality
1983—1988 Deputy General Manager, Beijing Yanshan Petrochemical Corp. Beijing Municipality
1967—1983 Deputy Chief Engineer and Deputy Director, Beijing Dongfanghong Refinery
1967—1983 Technician, Deputy Chief, Chief, Beijing Dongfanghong Refinery, Technology Section
1965—1967 Technician, Ministry of Petroleum Industry, Production and Technology Department, Production Division
1962—1965 Staff Member, Lanzhou Oil Refinery, Political Department
1962—1965 Technician of Workshop, Lanzhou Oil Refinery
1962 Joined, CPC
1956—1962 Student, Beijing Petroleum Institute, Northwest Polytechnic Institute and Oil Refinery Department, National Defense Department Beijing Municipality (Majored in oil refinery engineering.)

Recent Travel & Appearances

11 Feb 10 Hu Jintao and other senior Party and government officials visited a number of former leaders and extended their best wishes to them, ahead of the Lunar New Year.
01 Oct 09 Hu Jintao addressed the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
30 Sep 09 Wen Jiabao and top leaders attended a grand reception to mark the founding anniversary of the People's Republic.
10 Aug 09 Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin attended the cremation ceremony of Zhuo Lin, widow of China's late leader Deng Xiaoping.
18 Dec 08 Hu Jintao delivered a speech during the conference to mark the 30th anniversary of the convening of the 3rd Plenary Session of the 11th CPC Central Committee.
31 Aug 08 Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin condoled with family members of deceased former CPC leader Hua Guofeng during a farewell ceremony.
08 Aug 08 Hu Jintao declared open the 29th summer Olympic Games of Beijing.
05 Mar 08 Wen Jiabao delivered a government work report during the opening meeting of the First Session of the 11th National People's Congress.
29 Feb 08 Wen Jiabao chaired an executive meeting of the State Council.
13 Feb 08 Wen Jiabao presided over the executive meeting of the State Council.

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