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Former Chinese ambassador Wu Jianmin dies in car accident

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Former Chinese ambassador Wu Jianmin dies in car accident
This undated photo shows Wu Jianmin. (Photo/IC)

WUHAN - Wu Jianmin, former Chinese ambassador to France, died in a car accident early Saturday morning in Wuhan, capital of central province of Hubei, according to the Foreign Ministry.

A press release from the ministry's spokesperson office said Wu was traveling to Wuhan University to give a lecture, and the cause of the accident is still the subject of investigation.

The city's public security bureau said Wu was on his way to the city from the airport when the accident happened around 4 am.

Wu had worked as an interpreter for former Chinese leaders such as Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai and Chen Yi.

Wu was born in 1939 in Chongqing and graduated from the Beijing Foreign Languages Institute, majoring in French, in 1959. He obtained a postgraduate degree in translation and interpretation.

Wu had a distinguished career as a diplomat, and served as ambassador of China to the UN until 1998.

He worked in many posts such as Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, as ambassador to the Netherlands, Geneva and France.

Elected as the president of the Bureau International des Expositions in 2003, Wu is the first Chinese and Asian as well as the first person from a developing country to serve in the crucial post.

In 2003 he was appointed president of China Foreign Affairs University and served for five years.

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