The U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau is pleased to announce that Secretary Pompeo has selected Hanscom Smith to be the new Consul General representing the United States to Hong Kong and Macau, succeeding Consul General Kurt W. Tong beginning in July 2019.
Mr. Smith is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, most recently acting as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State responsible for China affairs.
Mr. Smith previously served as Consul General in Shanghai and as Director of the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs at the Department of State. He has also served at the United States embassies in Yaounde, Copenhagen, Phnom Penh, Bangkok, Kabul, and Beijing. In addition, Mr. Smith worked in the Office of Japanese Affairs at the Department of State, and was team leader at the United States Provincial Reconstruction Team in Muthanna Province, Iraq. He has also worked at the American Institute in Taiwan.
Mr. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and Princeton University, and a certificate in political studies from Sciences Po in Paris. In addition, he was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in Japan. His foreign languages are Mandarin Chinese, French, Danish, and Khmer. A native of Maine, Mr. Smith is married to Ying-tsung Lu.
Consul General Kurt Tong will depart Hong Kong in July to take up a position in the private sector.
The new Deputy Consul General is Paul Horowitz, who will arrive in late June.