Deputy Chief of Mission
Robert W. Forden
Robert W. Forden assumed duties as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy Beijing in July 2018. Mr. Forden has been a member of the U.S. Foreign Service for almost 30 years and holds the personal rank of Minister Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service.
Mr. Forden has many years of prior experience living and working in China. He taught English at universities in Shenyang and Beijing in 1981-1983. He served as an Economic Officer in the U.S. Embassy Beijing from 1995-98 and from 2007-2011, and he was Deputy Director and Political Chief of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs (2005-07). Mr. Forden also served previously as the Deputy Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) from 2015-18 and headed AIT’s Kaohsiung Branch from 2002-05. He also served at the U.S. Embassies in Tel Aviv and Hanoi.
Mr. Forden has a B.A. in Politics from the University of California and did postgraduate work in International Trade and Asian Diplomatic History at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. His foreign languages are Mandarin Chinese and Vietnamese.
Mr. Forden is originally from Southern California and is married to Hui-chuan Chi, an American originally from Taiwan. They have two daughters and a son.