Cui Tiankai

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Cui Tiankai
Cui Tiankai at the 23rd Session of the U.S. China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade press conference, 2012
Chinese Ambassador to the United States
Assumed office
April 15, 2013
Preceded by Zhang Yesui
Chinese Ambassador to Japan
In office
October 9, 2007 – January 26, 2009
Preceded by Wang Yi
Succeeded by Cheng Yonghua
Personal details
Born October 1952 (age 66)
Shanghai, China
Political party Communist Party of China
Alma mater East China Normal University
Beijing Foreign Studies University
Johns Hopkins University

Cui Tiankai (born October 1952) is a Chinese diplomat and currently the Chinese Ambassador to the United States.


Born 1952 in Zhejiang Province, China, Cui graduated from the School of Foreign Languages of East China Normal University. Following his graduation from East China Normal University, Cui studied interpretation at the Beijing Foreign Studies University. Following his studies in Beijing, Cui traveled with a Chinese delegation to the United Nations to work as an interpreter in the General Assembly. After working in the UN for five years, Cui returned to academia to pursue a postgraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.[1]

After graduating from John Hopkins University, Cui joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs first as a deputy director of the Department of International Organizations and Conferences and then spokesmen for the Information Department. In 1997, Ciu was appointed Minister Counselor to the United Nations, a position he held until 1999. Cui continued to work with the Ministry throughout the next decade and held notable positions such as Director General of the Department of Asian Affairs, assistant minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ambassador to Japan.[2][3] In 2013, Ciu was appointed by President Xi Jinping as the Ambassador to the United States.[4]


On March 6, 2013, Cui Tiankai was interviewed by reporters from China Youth Daily when he attended the National People's Congress. "The root cause of all problems in Sino-Japan relationship is that whether Japan can accept a powerful China." Cui said, "If Japan can realize and solve this problem in her mind, all the other problems can be solved easily."[5]

On October 8, 2013, Cui Tiankai delivered a speech at the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. He said some Japanese believe that: "During World War II, Japan was only defeated by United States and her atom bombs. Therefore, Japan only needs to get along well with United States while ignoring other nations." "This is a downright incorrect viewpoint." Cui emphasizes that, "Japan was defeated by all the peace-loving people including both Chinese and American people. There will be dire consequences if Japan is misled by incorrect viewpoints about past history."[6]

In 2012, the case of the blind activist Chen Guangcheng triggered a diplomatic dispute between China and the US. Chen were permitted to study law in mainland China before going to the US for further studies. When Cui saw the shortlist of the universities that the Americans recommended, he roared: "There's no way he's going to East China Normal, I will not share an alma mater with that man!"[7]


During a meeting with Washington Governor Jay Inslee in April 2015, a group of protesters took down a Chinese flag flying outside the state capitol, which had been raised in honor of Cui's visit.[8]

External links


  1. "Biography of the Ambassador — Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America". Retrieved 2016-04-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "旅日侨胞热烈欢迎崔天凯大使履新" [A warm welcome to overseas Chinese in Japan, Ambassador Cui Tiankai took office]. (in Japanese). 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2016-04-05. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "中国驻日本大使崔天凯举行离任招待会" [Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cui Tiankai held Farewell Reception]. (in Japanese). 2009-01-26. Retrieved 2016-04-05. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Xi appoints Cui Tiankai as new ambassador to US". Retrieved 2016-04-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. People's Daily (2013-03-06). "Discussions with Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs" (in Chinese). Beijing. Retrieved 2013-10-09. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. China News (2013-10-09). "Cui Tiankai: Hope Some Japanese Drop Incorrect Viewpoints on History" (in Chinese). Beijing. Retrieved 2013-10-09. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Week in China (2014-06-20). "Hillary's China syndrome". Hong Kong. Retrieved 2014-07-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Chasmar, Jessica. "Conservatives protest Chinese flag flying at Washington state capitol." Washington Times. 2015-04-08. Retrieved 2015-04-08.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Wang Yi
Chinese Ambassador to Japan
Succeeded by
Cheng Yonghua