Time: 2:20 pm to 3:00 pm, April 30, 2008
Venue: People's Daily Online
Guest speaker: Mr. Yu Yuantang, Director of the European Union Division of the Department of European Affairs with the Chinese Ministry of Commerce
The first China-EU High-Level Economic and Trade Dialogue was held in Beijing last Friday on April 25. It was co-hosted by Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan and EU trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson and joined by nine EU commissioners which make up one third of the European Commission and 13 Chinese officials at the ministerial level. The EU is China's top trading partner and China is EU's second largest trading partner. How will the mechanism further boost the economic and trade relations between the two important partners?
About Yu Yuantang
Mr. Yu was born on June 26, 1967 in Longnan County, Jiangxi Province.
From 1989 to 1992, He studied at Beijing Foreign Affairs Colleague for a postgraduate program in translation and interpretation for diplomacy and graduated with an MA degree. In 1994, he received four months of simultaneous interpretation training in DG INCO (then known as SCIC) of the European Commission.
Between September 2004 and August 2005, he was awarded the UK Government's Chevening Scholarship and studied at the Law School of Edinburgh, Scotland, where he graduated with distinction with an L.L.M in Commercial Law degree.
In terms of his professional experience, Mr. Yu joined the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade (MOFERT), the predecessor of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, back in 1992. In March 2003, he became Division Director for EU Affairs in the Ministry of Commerce (on leave between September 2004 and August 2005 for the study in the UK).By PD Online Forum