He YafeiFormer Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China.
Expertise : Global Governance; Sino-U.S. Relations; Multilateral Diplomacy
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Mr. He Yafei was born in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province in March 1955, graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University, and later studied at Geneva Institute of International Relations. Mr. He Yafei served as Counselor of the Chinese Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Deputy Director General of the Arms Control Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister Counselor and Minister of the Embassy of China in the United States, Director General of the America and Pacific Department, Assistant Minister and Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Representative and Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other International Organizations in Switzerland, and Vice Minister of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council. He is now a Senior Fellow at Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China (RDCY), and the Director of Global Governance Research Center，Renmin University of China (RUC).
He Yafei: Great-Power Awareness of Crisis and Tragic Sensibility
American scholars have recently trumpeted a geopolitical “tragic sensibility.” They believe that the United States has been reluctant to squarely face the challenges posed by China and Russia – a result of the loss of its tragic sensibility and awareness of crisis needed to create a collective sense of responsibility and take decisive action.The so-called tragic sensibility originates from the obsession and reflection of tragedies in ancient Greece. ...2019-10-11
He Yafei: Present-day World Needs to Uphold and Rebuild Multilateralism
During a recent personal discussion about multilateralism and in response to witnessing the ongoing chaos worldwide, former Slovenian President Danilo Türk stated to me that the world today is going “from hopeful to possible success.” From our conversation, we both came to the conclusion that although multilateralism is under attack and the global governance regime is porous, international collaboration can still be reborn and can ultimately succeed with support from such emerging countries as China and others....2019-08-16
The World Order's Biggest Seismic Shift in a Century
President Xi Jinping has pointed out on many occasions that the world is undergoing changes not seen for a century. For nearly 100 years, human beings have experienced two world wars, the Great Depression, the financial crisis, and countless regional hotspots and local wars. At the same time, the establishment of an international system centered on the United Nations, including the Bretton Woods system, has given the world a measure of overall peace for more than 70 years. The world economy has also made progress in leaps and bounds. Countries have reached a level of interconnectedness and interdependence in politics, economy, culture, science, and technology that has not been seen for 100 years. Today, the world is once again facing big changes, bringing about strong shocks and great uncertainty. Human beings are once again confused by the world they live in and are anxious about the prospects of the world order. We need to think hard about what these changes mean to the future of the...2019-05-05
The BRI is an "economic pie" instead of "debt trap"
At his annual briefing on China's foreign policy and its relations with the rest of the world, Wang also announced that the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation will be held in Beijing in late April, with Xi set to deliver a keynote speech at its opening ceremony....2019-03-11
The uncertainties facing the world from a Chinese perspective
In this exclusive interview China Daily spoke to He Yafei, former vice-minister of foreign affairs and former deputy director of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council....2019-03-08
The Crisis of Capitalism and the Evolution of China-US Relations
From the Brexit referendum of 2016 to the US general elections the same year, and from the recent “Yellow Vest” protest in France to the forming of rightwing and leftwing governments in Europe and Latin America, the systemic crisis of capitalism has made its way from North America to Europe and other parts of the world. No one knows how long the crisis is going to last and how extensive or profound its impact will be to the political and economic order of the world. This is what people often call “the world of enormous uncertainty”. This is what President Xi Jinping has reminded us time and again that “our world is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century”. So, what is the origin of this crisis? And how deeply will it affect China-US relations?...2019-01-24
China's reform and opening-up is an example to the world
This year marks the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up. On December 18, President Xi Jinping delivered an important speech at the celebration of the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up. Looking back at history and looking forward to the future, the Chinese people are full of excitement and are more confident about China's future and the future of humankind....2019-01-17
Former leaders: Win-win solutions key to building a shared future
Former world leaders, renowned scholars and business elites from around the world on Monday called for win-win cooperation to build a shared future at an international meeting in Guangdong. This year's meeting of the Imperial Springs International Forum came against the background of heated discussions regarding current China-US trade tensions....2018-12-13
"2016: G20 and China"
This book from the "history" of the G20's past and present, a comprehensive discussion of the G20's origin and role, agenda,