Mr. Clifford A. Hart assumed his responsibilities as Consul General of the United States of America in Hong Kong beginning on July 30, 2013. As Consul General, he is responsible for the Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions. His most recent appointment was as the Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks, for which President Obama accorded him the personal rank of Ambassador.
Over his 30-year diplomatic career, Ambassador Hart’s overseas experience includes three assignments to China and one each in the Soviet Union and Iraq. He also has pursued Chinese language training in Taiwan. Ambassador Hart’s other Washington assignments include, at the White House, the National Security Council’s China/Taiwan Director; at the Pentagon, Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations; and, at the State Department, Director of the Office of Taiwan Coordination, Deputy Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, Operations Center Deputy Director for Crisis Management, and other positions.
Ambassador Hart is a recipient of the State Department’s highest commendation for diplomatic reporting and the U.S. Navy’s Distinguished Public Servant Award. He also has received State Department Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards and the U.S. Army’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award.
Ambassador Hart holds a master’s degree from the University of Virginia, where he was a President’s Fellow.