LI Zhaoxing (李肇星) has been one of China’s most outstanding and best known international statesmen for over twenty-five years. He was chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of China’s National People’s Congress from 2008 to 2013, and served as China’s Foreign Minister from 2003 to 2007.
Earlier in his career, Li served as the Chinese Ambassador to the United States from 1998 to 2001, and as the Chinese Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1993 to 1995. During his diplomatic career, he was involved in a number of historical and critical moments in China’s foreign relations.
Since recently stepping down as head of the Foreign Ministry, Li has been appointed president of the Research Centre for National Soft Power at the China Foreign Affairs University, chairman of the China Public Diplomacy Association, and honorary president of the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs.
Minister Li graduated from Peking University with a degree in English Literature. He has been honoured as the “Poetic Diplomat” since he published several collections of poems such as Youthful China, Black is Beautiful, and From the Unknown to the Unknown. He is an excellent English speaker and in huge global demand from corporations and governments who want to understand China’s global strategy. In 2014, he published a memoir reviewing his diplomatic career of nearly half a century. He spent three years writing this memoir, which is a record of his personal relationships with foreign politicians and his extensive experience in handling various diplomatic issues.