Li Zhaoxing

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Li Zhaoxing
李肇星
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9th Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
17 March 2003 – 27 April 2007
PremierWen Jiabao
Preceded byTang Jiaxuan
Succeeded byYang Jiechi
Personal details
Born (1940-10-20) 20 October 1940 (age 78)
Jiaonan, Shandong, Republic of China
Political partyCommunist Party of China
Spouse(s)Qin Xiaomei
ChildrenHehe
Alma materPeking University

Li Zhaoxing (Chinese: 李肇星; pinyin: Lǐ Zhàoxīng; born 20 October 1940 in Jiaonan, Qingdao, Shandong) is a Chinese diplomat and politician. He served as the Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China from 2003 to 2007.

He graduated from Peking University in 1964. He worked as a diplomat in Africa before becoming Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1990 and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1995, permanent representative to the United Nations in 1993, ambassador to the United States in 1998, and Foreign Minister in 2003.

He was initially appointed as one of the Elders but chose not to continue with the role. He is a professor at Peking University. He is married, and has one son.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Li Daoyu
Ambassador of China to the United Nations
1993–1995
Succeeded by
Qin Huasun
Ambassador of China to the United States
1998–2001
Succeeded by
Yang Jiechi
Political offices
Preceded by
Tang Jiaxuan
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2003–2007
Succeeded by
Yang Jiechi