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PEOPLE & POINTS

NEW MFA SPOKESPERSON

On February 24, Zhao Lijian, Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Information Department, debuted as the 31st MFA spokesperson and hosted the daily press conference.

Born in November 1972 in Hebei, north China, Zhao worked in the Department of Asian Affairs in the ministry and embassies in the U.S. and Pakistan, and has accumulated a high level of diplomatic expertise and communication skills during his diplomatic career spanning 24 years. He was appointed deputy director general of the ministry’s Information Department in 2019.

Zhao became a celebrity on Twitter when he worked in the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan from 2015 to 2019, due to his measured clarifications on China on several occasions on the social media. He became famous

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