New U.S. Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau assumes office

The new U.S. Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau, Gregory May, has assumed office after he arrived on Friday, his office announced Saturday.

“I am honored to represent the people of the United States here in Hong Kong and Macau,” said May.

“I look forward to getting to know the diverse people who live in Hong Kong and Macau and building on our longstanding relationships, shared interests, and values.”

According to the website of the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau, May served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and as Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Shenyang, China, before coming to Hong Kong.

May had two prior assignments in China at the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. He also worked at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy.

May worked as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs and held various positions focused on China, Vietnam, and the State Department’s Executive Secretariat.

Before entering the U.S. Foreign Service, May served as the Assistant Director and Research Associate in Chinese Studies at the Nixon Center, a foreign policy think tank in Washington, D.C.

From 1993 to 1996, he worked as a journalist for International Community Radio Taipei, an English-language radio station, and as a Newsweek correspondent.

May is a graduate of the University of Texas. He holds a master’s degree in China Studies from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He is married and has three children.