Wu Jianmin is a member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Group of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, a Special Research Fellow of the Counsellors’ Office of the Chinese State Council, Vice President of the European Academy of Sciences, and China’s former Ambassador to France (1998–2003), the UN (1996–98) and the Netherlands (1994–95). He has served as President of the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, Executive Vice President of the China National Association of International Studies, Vice Chairman of the Chinese Foreign Affairs Committee and spokesman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. From 2003 to 2007, he was President of the International Bureau of Expositions, the intergovernmental organization overseeing World Fairs. He graduated in French from the Beijing Foreign Studies University and was an interpreter for Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai. In 1971, he was on China’s first delegation to the UN.