On February 10th H.E. Mr. Jian Tan has taken up his new role as top diplomat of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in The Hague, where he will serve his country both as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and as Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Ambassador Tan brings with him over thirty 30 years of experience in his country’s foreign service as well as with the United Nations.
Born in March 1965 in Jiangsu, Mr. Jian Tan earned a Master’s in Diplomacy and Trade and joined the PRC’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in 1987 as a Staff Member. There, he worked for two stints in the Department of International Organizations and Conferences (1988-1991, 1994-2001), raising through the Department’s ranks up to the role of Director.
In the meanwhile, Mr. Jian Tan also made successful experiences as a diplomat abroad, first as Attaché at the PRC’s Embassy in Indonesia (1991-1994), and then as Counsellor at China’s Permanent Mission to the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland (2001-2007). Mr. Tan’s experience at the UN continued further after his long post in Geneva, as he took up the role of Special Assistant to the UN Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs (2007-2011).
In 2012, Mr. Jian Tan returned to Beijing, first as Deputy Director-General of the MFA’s Department of International Economic Affairs (2012-2017), and then as Senior Official for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (2011-2017). Then, in 2017, Mr. Jian Tan received his first nomination as Ambassador, being tasked to represent his country in Ethiopia, where he remained until 2020.
Ambassador Tan is married, with a son.
Now, it is time for Ambassador Jian Tan to represent his country in the Netherlands. Diplomat Magazine and the whole diplomatic community welcomes him and wishes him the best for his new experience!