Yuan Dongzhen is a Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Charhar Institute in Beijing. He is Deputy Director as well as a researcher of Institute of Latin America, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and Secretary of the Institute's Committee for Discipline Inspection. He specializes in politics and social issues in Latin America. He has been Visiting Scholar to various countries and once served as First Secretary at Chinese Embassy in Peru from 2010 to 2012. He has been working for the Institute of Latin America since 1987 after graduating from the Graduate School of CASS.