Germany’s Ambassador to China Jan Hecker has died, the German international ministry confirmed on Monday.
The trigger and actual time of his dying stay unclear. Hecker, previously German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s diplomatic and safety adviser, solely started his Beijing job two weeks in the past.
“It’s with deep unhappiness and dismay that we realized of the sudden dying of the German Ambassador to China,” a ministry spokesperson mentioned in a press release.
“Our ideas at this second are together with his household and the individuals who have been near him.”
Hecker’s speedy household is presently in Beijing. He was survived by his spouse, additionally working within the embassy, and three youngsters.
Hecker, a former federal decide and coordinator of Germany’s refugee coverage, was a detailed aide to Merkel. His appointment to China was seen because the outgoing chancellor’s bid to make sure diplomatic stability for German-Chinese language relations.