BEIJING -- Chinese government on Thursday
congratulates Margaret Chan confirmed as new chief of the World Health
It is the first time Chinese national has been elected to head a specialized
U.N. body, Jiang Yu, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said.
The Chinese government fully supports Margaret Chan as the director-general
of the WHO, Jiang said, noting that governments of Hong Kong and Macao special
administrative regions also actively supported.
The WHO on Thursday formally approved China's Dr. Margaret Chan as its new
chief, to succeed Dr. Lee Jong-wook of South Korea who died suddenly in May.
Chan is capable, experienced, which left the members of the WHO Executive
Board deep impression and wined wide support from WHO member countries, the
It is believed that Chan will fully implement her promise and work together
with each members for people's health, she said.
Chan, 59, is expected to take office in January for a five-year term. The
U.N. agency has been led by Acting Director-General Dr. Anders Nordstrom of
Sweden since May.