Liu Xiaoming, male, Han nationality, is a native of Guangdong Province, Jieyang City. He was born in 1956 and graduated from Dalian University of Foreign Languages in 1974. Liu earned a master's degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Foreign Affairs of Tufts University in 1983.
A career diplomat, Liu spent his first few years after college graduation as a staff member of the Chinese Embassy in Zambia and at the North American and Oceania Affairs Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He became deputy section chief of the North American and Oceania Affairs department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983, serving in that post for five years. Liu then traveled to the United States to assume the second secretary post of the Chinese Embassy. In 1990, he was promoted to the first secretary position at the embassy.
After returning to China in 1993, he became a counselor and later deputy director-general of the North American and Oceania Affairs department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His five years in China at the department were followed by a minister's assignment to the Chinese Embassy in the United States.
Liu became ambassador to Egypt in 2001. In February 2004, he was appointed as Deputy Secretary-General of Gansu Provincial People's Government and then Assistant Governor of Gansu Province. From 2006 to 2009, he was appointed Chinese Ambassador to the DPRK. Since 2009, he is Chinese Ambassador to the United Kingdom of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland.