After the press conference, Geng Shuang put on his mask and walked down from the rostrum, shaking hands with the reporters.
Nearly 400 press conferences in four years
It is worth mentioning that the Department of international affairs is one of the earliest business departments of the Ministry of foreign affairs, which is in charge of Chinas multilateral diplomacy and is known as the Department with the most quarrels in the world. An article in China Youth Daily in 2005 introduced young Chinese diplomats to Geng Shuang, then deputy director of the international department.
He is the 30th spokesman of the Ministry of foreign affairs since the official establishment of the spokesman system on March 1, 1983. He made his debut in Lanting on September 26, 2016 and presided over the regular press conference on that day.
Honest and straightforward
In 2019, the spokesmans office of the Ministry of foreign affairs has made many innovations in the field of new media. In May 20th, officially launched the official micro-blog of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, and in July 8th, the foreign ministry spokespersons office was officially placed in tiktok, and the powder rose 2 million 170 thousand in one day.
Of the nearly 400 press conferences hosted by Geng Shuang, more than 270 were held in 2019, especially in June and July, when he hosted 14 press conferences, almost full attendance. The tiktok also made the official account of micro-blog, WeChat public and jitter last summer.
At the same time of new media in the spokesmans office, Geng Shuang has been on the hot search list several times.
July 3, 2019
In refuting the Hong Kong related remarks made by British Foreign Minister hunt, Geng Shuang opened all his firepower, and even rebuffed 10 idioms and 3 rhetorical questions. This response rushed into the top 10 of the hot search list that day. Netizens called others as their names, honest and straightforward.
On April 28 and 29 this year, Geng Shuangs two-day confrontation with Australian journalists was also widely spread on the Internet.
November 8, 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Ministry of foreign affairs. After answering questions at the press conference that day, Geng Shuang reviewed the fruitful achievements of Chinas diplomacy in the past 70 years.
The spokesman, who has always appeared in front of the public in a calm and calm image, could not conceal his excitement. In the past 70 years, Chinas diplomacy has firmly defended the countrys sovereignty, security and development interests, actively served the reform and opening up process, fully implemented the concept of diplomacy for the people, continuously promoted the worlds peaceful development, profoundly changed the relationship between China and the world, significantly improved Chinas international status and created a favorable external environment for national development.
Geng Shuang outside the blue Hall
Why does the foreign ministry hold a press conference every day?
After acting as a spokesman, in addition to the press conference, there are few public reports on Geng Shuangs work in the media.
However, Geng Shuang has a good relationship with many domestic and foreign media reporters. In the impression of the circle of political knowledge, Geng Shuang would almost come to the stage to have face-to-face exchanges with reporters after each press conference. In the regular press conference of graphic version issued by the Ministry of foreign affairs, he often saw photos of Geng Shuang and the exchanges between Chinese and foreign journalists.
On December 31, 2019, the last regular press conference of the Ministry of foreign affairs in 2019, Geng Shuang took the initiative to say goodbye to Bai bin, a Reuters reporter, on the stage after answering questions from reporters. Mr. Bai bin has been a journalist of Reuters in China for 16 years, and is a regular visitor of Lanting. He has witnessed the entry and exit of several spokesmen of the Ministry of foreign affairs. He is old and older than me. I wish Bai bin all the best in his new post and look forward to meeting him again in the blue hall!
u25b3 Geng Shuang and Bai bin (left)
By the way, Geng Shuang is the only speaker with the official GIF of the Ministry of foreign affairs. Since March 24 this year, the official website of the Ministry of foreign affairs has issued a daily text version of the regular press conference with moving pictures.
The next stop for the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
In less than a year, the spokesperson team of the Ministry of foreign affairs has two in and one out.
In July 18, 2019, Lu Kang, director of the North American Oceania division of the Ministry of foreign affairs, announced at the regular press conference of the Ministry of foreign affairs that he resigned as director and spokesman of the information department.
On February 24, 2020, Zhao Lijian, deputy director of the Information Department of the Ministry of foreign affairs, made his debut in Lanting as the 31st spokesperson.
For example, Zhu Bangzao served as Chinas ambassador to Tunisia and Palestine, Sun Yuxi as Chinas ambassador to Afghanistan, Zhang Qiyue as Chinas ambassador to the kingdom of Belgium, Hong Lei as Chinas Consul General in Chicago, Jiang Yu as Chinas ambassador to Albania, and Ma Zhaoxu as Chinas ambassador to Australia in 2013 Ambassador Asia, etc.
After the announcement of his resignation, there is no official news about Geng Shuangs next post.