China has appointed its first special envoy to Europe ahead of a leadership change at the European Commission, in a sign that Beijing is hoping to improve relations between the two sides. Photo: Bloomberg

China strengthens Europe ties with appointment of first special envoy

  • Wu Hongbo is a career diplomat who has held several posts in western Europe, including serving as ambassador to Germany from 2009-12
  • He was also secretary of the Chinese foreign ministry’s Hong Kong and Macau unit and served on the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group
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China has appointed its first special envoy to Europe ahead of a leadership change at the European Commission, in a sign that Beijing is hoping to improve relations between the two sides. Photo: Bloomberg
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Catherine Wong

Catherine Wong

Catherine Wong is a reporter with the South China Morning Post in Beijing, where she focuses on China’s diplomacy and defence policy.