- Veteran diplomat Yang Wanming is the new chief of the CPAFFC, whose mission is to expand friendly exchanges with other countries
- It has played a role in efforts to improve US ties and the appointment comes as China is seeking closer relations in Latin America
Sylvie Zhuang in Beijing Published: 9:00am, 24 Aug, 2023
A seasoned Chinese diplomat with a focus on Latin America is the new chief of a semi-official body tasked with promoting people-to-people exchanges with other nations.
Yang Wanming, 59, was introduced as president of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) at a gathering it hosted on Monday.He was attending the opening ceremony of a five-day event aimed at boosting youth exchanges between China and Russia, according to a post published on the association’s WeChat account on Tuesday.
Yang has replaced Lin Songtian, a veteran diplomat and Africa expert who had been president of the association since 2020.