Zhenyu Sun

Chairman, China Society for World Trade Organization Studies

Zhenyu Sun, the Chairman of China Society for World Trade Organization Studies, served as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of China to the WTO from 2002 to 2010. He served as Vice Minister of Moftec (Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, which later became Mofcom, Ministry of Commerce) from November 1994 till 2002 when he went to Geneva as WTO Ambassador.

Born in Fengnan County of Hebei Province in March 1946, Mr. Sun Zhenyu graduated from Beijing Foreign Languages Institute in July 1969. From 1973 to 1985, he served successively as staff member, Deputy Director and Director in the Third Department for Regional Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Trade. During this period, he worked on bilateral trade relations between China and UK, later between China and European Community. From 1985 to 1990, he worked as Vice President of China National Cereals, Oil and Foodstuff Import and Export Corporation (COFCO), focusing on the company's business with Japan and South-east Asian Countries. In 1989, he attended one year program of Management Training Course for Senior Executives sponsored by UNDP in cooperation with University of British Colombia, Canada and Manchester University UK.

From 1990 to 1994, he served as Deputy Director General and Director General of Department of American and Oceanic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Co-operation (MOFTEC), working on bilateral trade relations with U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Latin American countries during this period. He participated on separate occasions in Sino-US bilateral negotiations on Market Access, Textiles and Intellectual Property Rights.

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