German ambassador to China dies less than two weeks into the job

German ambassador to China dies less than two weeks into the job


The German Ambassador to China, Jan Hecker, has died suddenly less than two weeks after taking up the job in Beijing.

The 54-year-old’s death was confirmed by Germany’s Foreign Ministry on Monday.

Hecker, who was a former foreign policy adviser to Chancellor Angela Merkel, began his posting on Aug. 24.

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Hecker had arrived in Beijing on Aug 1. with his wife and three children, according to German outlet Deutsche Welle.

The details surrounding his death have not yet been disclosed.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said there was no indication Hacker’s death was linked to his diplomatic role.

“I am profoundly shaken by Jan Hecker’s death,” Merkel said in a statement Monday. “I mourn for a highly valued, longstanding adviser of deep humanity and outstanding expertise.

Jan Hecker was a former foreign policy adviser to Chancellor Angela Merkel.HAYOUNG JEON/EPA “I mourn for a highly valued, longstanding adviser of deep humanity and outstanding expertise,” Chancellor Angela Merkel

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