CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Yi Xiaozhun appointed as deputy chief of WTO

08-19-2013 10:41 BJT

GENEVA -- Yi Xiaozhun, China's permanent representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO), was appointed Saturday as deputy director-general of the WTO.

Yi Xiaozhun appointed as deputy chief of WTO

Yi Xiaozhun [Asianewsphoto]

Yi has worked on international trade issues since the 1980s. He was China's vice minister of commerce before taking office in Geneva as China's permanent representative to the organization in 2011.

Besides Yi, the WTO's director-general elect Roberto Azevedo also named Germany's Karl-Ernst Brauner, Nigeria's Yonov Frederick Agah and the United States' David Shark as deputy director-generals.

Azevedo said that the deputies had been selected because of their outstanding commitment to the multilateral trading system and their extensive experience on WTO issues over many years.

They are expected to work directly with the director-general to advance the interests of the organization, including the preparations for the ninth Ministerial Conference in Bali.

"The specific skills and experience of these deputies will be immensely valuable to advancing the effective and efficient functioning of the WTO," said Azevedo.

The new director-general will begin his term on Sept 1 and his deputies on Oct 1.

Editor:James |Source:

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program