Li Zhaoxing, male, Han nationality, is a native of Shandong Province. He was born in 1940 and is a graduate of Beijing University.
After an initial seven-year tour at the Chinese embassy in Kenya, Li was assigned to the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After a tour as 1st Secretary in the embassy in Lesotho, Li returned to the Information Department of the Ministry, becoming both director-general and spokesman.
From 1993 to 2001, he moved from ambassador to the UN, to ambassador to the US, and to vice-minister in charge of American and Latin American affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Li served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2003-2007.
Li was a member of the 16th CPC Central Committee. He is now Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the 11th NPC.