Long Yongtu Former Vice Minister of Commerce; Former Secretary-General Boao Forum for Asia.
Long Yongtu was Chief Negotiator for China’s resumption of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) contracting party status and its accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Apart from leading trade negotiations, Mr. Long was also in charge of the multilateral economic and trade affairs between China and the United Nations development agencies. He was fully involved in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation affairs and attended the APEC meetings of trade ministers each year from 1992 to 2001. After diplomatic service abroad from 1978 to 1986, Mr. Long returned to China and became Deputy Director-General of the China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE). In January 1992 Mr. Long was appointed Director-General of the Department of International Relations, MOFTEC, and Assistant Minister of the Ministry in April 1994. In February 1997 he was appointed Vice Minister and Chief Representative for Trade Negotiations of MOFTEC. Mr. Long Yongtu was Secretary-General of the Boao Forum for Asia from 2003 to 2010. In addition to his official duties Mr. Long is the Dean of the School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University and visiting professor of many renowned Chinese academic institutions.