AUBURN – The Chinese Ambassador to the United States, Wenzhong Zhou, will visit Auburn University Oct. 20-21 at the invitation of Auburn President Jay Gogue to promote international education partnerships.
Ambassador Zhou will give a public presentation, “China’s Development and China-U.S. Relations,” at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Auburn University Student Center. His visit also will include campus tours as well as gatherings hosted by President and Mrs. Gogue, the Chinese Professional Association and the Chinese Student Organization.
Governor Bob Riley will host the ambassador at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 21 in Montgomery.
“Auburn has partnered for many years with educators, business people and other leaders from China,” Gogue said. “Our university’s Strategic Plan calls for more international education for our students and more international involvement by our faculty. We are very honored to have Ambassador Zhou visit our campus.”
Ambassador Zhou has been Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the United States since 2005. A native of China’s Jiangsu Province, he attended the University of Bath and the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom. He served as Ambassador to Barbados and to Antigua and Barbuda from 1990 to 1993 and as Ambassador to the Commonwealth of Australia from 1998 to 2001.
He has held leading posts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including Deputy Director of the American Affairs Department. In 2001 he was promoted to Assistant Minister and in 2003 he became Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.