On December 25th, 2019, the handover ceremony of the secretary general of the Charhar Institute was held at Shiyuan Office, Headquarters of the Charhar Institute in Beijing.
Ambassador Li Qiangmin, who just had left as Consul General of China in Houston of the US, was named the Fourth Secretary General of the Charhar Institute which was established in 2009.
At the ceremony, Chairman Han Fangming (L) issues the letter of appointment to Ambassador Li Qiangmin (R).
Ma Wensheng, Deputy Secretary General of the Charhar Institute, presided over the ceremony. Dr. Han Fangming, Chairman of the Charhar Institute and Huang Youyi, Secretary General of the International Advisory Committee of the Charhar Institute, attended the ceremony.
At the ceremony, according to the constitution of the Charhar Institute, Chairman Han Fangming read the appointment which had been approved by the Council of the Charhar Institute, accepting the resign of the former Secretary General Mr. He Zhigeng because of his personal reasons, but remaining as Senior Fellow and Secretary General of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Charhar Institute, and appointing Ambassador Li Qiangmin as the Fourth Secretary General of the Charhar Institute. Ambassador Li Qiangmin will be fully responsible for the daily operation of the relevant work of the Secretariat of the Charhar Institute.
Chairman Han Fangming (1st L), He Zhigeng (2nd L), 3rd Secretary-General of the Charhar Institute, Ambassador Li Qiangmin (2nd R) and Huang Youyi (1st R), Secretary General of the International Advisory Committee of the Charhar Institute, take a group photo at the ceremony.
Han Fangming then issued a letter of appointment to Li Qiangmin and a letter of thanks to He Zhigeng, the Third Secretary General of the Charhar Institute. Han spoke highly of Mr. He Zhigeng’s work as the Secretary General and thanked him for his contribution during his tenure.
He Zhigeng said at the ceremony that he would keep on making efforts to carry out public diplomacy research and practice after resigning from the post of secretary general.
Chairman Han Fangming (R) issues a letter of thankfulness and a letter of appointment to He Zhigeng (L) at the ceremony.
Li Qiangmin expressed his gratitude to Chairman Han and all the colleagues of the Institute for their trust, and promised to spare no efforts to achieve in all undertakings of the Charhar Institute under the leadership of Chairman Han Fangming.
Ambassador Li Qiangmin, has previously served as Ambassador of China to Uganda, Deputy Director of the Africa Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador of China to Zambia, Special Envoy of the China Pacific Islands Forum Dialogue, and Consul General of the Consulate General of China in Houston, USA.
Group photo at the ceremony
Copy Editor: Zhu Yanhong