Zhao Lijian. Photo: Weibo

Chinese diplomat Zhao Lijian, known for his Twitter outbursts, is given senior foreign ministry post

  • Zhao, who recently left his position as deputy chief of mission in Pakistan, is now deputy director general of the foreign ministry’s information department
  • He became known for heated online confrontations with China’s critics, once being branded a ‘racist disgrace’ by a former Obama administration official
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Zhao Lijian. Photo: Weibo
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Owen Churchill

Owen Churchill

Owen joined the Post as US correspondent in 2018 after several years working as a reporter and editor in China. He covers US-China relations, trade, and wider issues concerning China's global presence. A co-founder of the Shanghai-based news outlet Sixth Tone, he is an alumnus of London's School of Oriental and African Studies and Fudan University in Shanghai.