Wu Yi

Wu Yi (Chinese吴仪, Pinyin Yi Wu, * 1938 in Wuhan, Hubei ) is a politician in the People's Republic of China and was the only woman in the local governing body. She was 2002-2007 Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China and took the 15th position in the hierarchy of the Communist Party of China a.


Wu Yi is a professional engineer and completed her studies at the Technical Institute of the Northwest and the Beijing Petroleum Institute. She worked a large part of their career as a petroleum engineer.

1981 Wu Yi was elected vice- mayor of Beijing and retained this post until 1991. From 1991 to 1998 she was Vice- Minister and Minister of Foreign Trade. As a henchman of Zhu Rongji in 1998 she was State Councillor and Deputy Prime Minister in 2003. She was involved in the negotiations on WTO Accession of the People 's Republic of China and reorganized the Chinese customs after U.S. complaints about patent infringements.

During the SARS crisis Wu Yi took the place of the sacked Health Minister Zhang Wenkang.

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

  • Politician ( People's Republic of China)
  • CCP member
  • Woman
  • Chinese
  • Born in 1938