The European nation’s foreign office, on Monday, announced that Jan Hecker, Germany’s ambassador to China, has passed away, less than two weeks after resuming office.
However, the circumstances behind the ambassador’s death were not revealed.
“It is with deep sadness and dismay that we learnt of the sudden death of the German 2ambassador to China,” Germany’s Federal Foreign Office said on its website.
Wang Wenbin, China’s foreign ministry spokesman offered his condolences when asked about Mr Hecker’s death during a regular media briefing.
“We are shocked to learn about the sudden death of Ambassador Hecker, who had been working actively to promote China-Germany relations since assuming his post,” he said.
‘’China would provide assistance to Mr Hecker’s family and the embassy, ‘’he added.
German and European Union flags flew at half-mast in his honor on Monday at the embassy in Beijing.
The 54 year old foreign policy adviser to Chancellor Angela Merkel had only taken up his new job in Beijing last month.
His deputy, Frank Rueckert, would take over his duties.