Li Zhaoxing

Former foreign minister says 'China will never seek to become a hegemonic power'

Li Zhaoxing at a Beijing conference in 2011. Photo: Reuters

Li Zhaoxing, the no-nonsense former foreign minister of China who often courts international controversy with his blunt style, made headlines again last week when giving a speech at a university campus in Shenzhen.

Thursday, 19 September, 2013, 9:05am 3 comments

Beijing in diplomatic effort to change misperceptions at home and abroad

Li Zhaoxing

Beijing is ramping up its public diplomacy efforts because the leadership fears that foreign affairs initiatives have led to misperceptions at home and abroad. The belief that China is perceived as aggressive in other countries but weak among its own citizens was the driving force behind the establishment of the China Public Diplomacy Association in December.

14 Mar 2013 - 6:44am 3 comments

In a smaller world, lingos will mingle

For a diplomat, former foreign minister Li Zhaoxing certainly did not mince words. Speaking at a gathering this week about his career, he went on a diatribe against those Chinese people whom he feels fall short in respecting the purity of the national language.

'I detest those people who like to mix English words in their [Putonghua] conversations,' he said.

20 May 2011 - 12:00am

Foreign press a tough crowd for debutant

It is never easy to impress the press, especially when you have big shoes to fill.

That was the case for Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi as he made his maiden appearance yesterday at the foreign minister's annual press conference on the sidelines of the National People's Congress meeting.

13 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Retiring minister no stranger to applause

Outgoing Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing took many by surprise when he appeared at a function last night for foreign diplomats and media representatives.

Despite the news on Thursday that he would retire in favour of Yang Jiechi, he was expected to give a speech on foreign policy, which had been arranged some weeks ago.

28 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Yang Jiechi's appointment to emphasise Sino-US ties

Former top envoy to the United States, Yang Jiechi , took over from Li Zhaoxing as foreign minister yesterday, in what mainland analysts described as a smooth transition highlighting continuity in the country's foreign policy as well as a reshuffle of the diplomatic pack.

28 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

New foreign minister to be ex-US envoy

4 retire from cabinet; Yang Jiechi to take over from Li Zhaoxing

Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, who turns 67 in October, will step down today at a National People's Congress Standing Committee meeting, along with three other cabinet ministers, diplomatic sources confirmed yesterday.

27 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

China urges Japan to face 'comfort women' issue

Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing called on Japan yesterday to properly handle sensitive historical issues, such as the forced use of Asian women as sex slaves for Japanese troops in the second world war, to ensure the success of Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to Tokyo next month.

7 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Minister oozes love and poetic charm

Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing was in the mood for love at yesterday's annual press briefing on the sidelines of the National People's Congress meeting.

7 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

On the agenda


Press conference by Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing .


Press conference with Guangdong Governor Huang Huahua and National Development and Reform Commission director Ma Kai .


6 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Chinese minister hails co-operation

Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing hailed strengthening ties between China, Japan and South Korea yesterday, urging the three nations to create a new era in co-operation. His comments came after meetings with his counterparts in Cebu.

13 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Star foreign service pair named assistant ministers

Two rising stars in the Chinese foreign service have been appointed assistant foreign ministers as part of a reshuffle ahead of a key Communist Party congress next year.

The decision to promote former Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan and a top diplomat in charge of Middle East affairs, Zhai Jun, was made last week and announced on Tuesday.

27 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

In Brief

Extra questions delay noon news broadcast

15 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Delegates do their best to dodge hungry press pack

Setting foot inside the Great Hall of the People for the annual NPC meeting can be a nerve-racking experience for government ministers, with journalists ready to pounce during probably the only time of the year they can freely ask the officials questions.

14 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Zen verdict sidestepped

The foreign minister yesterday gave an oblique answer when asked whether Joseph Zen Ze-kiun's elevation to cardinal would affect Sino-Vatican relations.

Li Zhaoxing replied that the central government was pleased to see achievements by people in Hong Kong.

8 Mar 2006 - 12:00am