Wu Yi

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Wu Yi (April 2004)

Wu Yi ( Chinese  吴仪 , Pinyin Wú Yí ; * 1938 in Wuhan , Hubei ) is a politician in the People's Republic of China and was the only woman on the governing body there. She was a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China from 2002 to 2007 and held the 15th position in the hierarchy of the Communist Party of China .


Wu Yi is an engineer by profession and completed her studies at the Technical Institute of the Northwest and the Beijing Petroleum Institute . She has worked as a petroleum engineer for a large part of her career.

In 1981, Wu Yi was elected deputy mayor of Beijing and held that post until 1991. From 1991 to 1998 she was Deputy Minister and Minister for Foreign Trade. As a follower of Zhu Rongji , she became State Councilor in 1998 and Deputy Prime Minister in 2003. It was involved in negotiations for the People's Republic of China to join the WTO and reorganized Chinese customs following US patent infringement lawsuits .

During the SARS crisis, Wu Yi replaced the dismissed Minister of Health Zhang Wenkang .

Wu was voted the second most powerful woman in the world by Forbes Magazine in 2004, 2005, and 2007, and the third most powerful woman in 2006.

Individual evidence

  1. Article on Forbes dated August 31, 2006 (accessed April 12, 2017)