New Chinese envoy takes up mission

New emissary, His Excellency Zhao Yanbo
New emissary, His Excellency Zhao Yanbo

The newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Ambassador Zhao Yanbo,  arrived in Freetown on December 31, 2013, and was warmly received by officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Addressing officials of the ministry, Ambassador Yanbo stated that he was delighted to be appointed the 14th Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone at a crucial moment of the development of the China-Sierra Leone relations.

“I look forward to making concerted efforts with the Sierra Leonean side to jointly promote the continuous healthy and stable development of bilateral relations,” the envoy stated.

Ambassador Zhao Yanbo, born in Shaanxi Province of China in December, 1959, graduated from Xi’an International Studies University, then studied in China Foreign Affairs University. Before his appointment to Sierra Leone by Chinese President Xi Jinping, he was Counsellor of the Department of External Security Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China.

He is an experienced diplomat and has been in diplomatic service for 28 years. He has served in Consulate General of China in Alexandria, Egypt, and Chinese Embassy in Egypt, Canada, Papua New Guinea, and New Zealand. He also served as vice Mayor of Yichang City in Hubei Province of China. He is married with one daughter.