Yongtu Long

Former Vice Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, People’s Republic of China


Yongtu Long joined China’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (MOFTEC) in 1965 and served as a diplomat in the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations (UN) in New York from 1978 to 1980. From 1980 to 1986, he worked in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), first in the New York headquarters and then in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as the Deputy Resident Representative of the UNDP Office.

After eight years of diplomatic service abroad from 1978 to 1986, Mr. Long returned to China in 1986 and became Deputy Director-general of the China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE). In 1992, Mr. Long was appointed Director-general of the Department of International Relations, MOFTEC, and Assistant Minister of the Ministry in April 1994. In 1997, he was appointed Vice Minister and the Chief Representative for Trade Negotiations of MOFTEC.

From 1995 to 2001, as the Chief Negotiator for China’s resumption of General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) contracting party status and its accession to the World Trade Organization, Mr. Long dedicated 15 years to this prolonged trade negotiation to bring China into the global trading system.

Mr. Long was the Secretary-General of the Boao Forum for Asia from 2003 to 2010. He received a special award from the late United Nations Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan in 2004, for his outstanding contribution to the UN partnership in China and for promoting the values of the UN.