LI Zhaoxing is the Honorary President of Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs. He served as the Foreign Minister of China in 2008–13 and Ambassador to the United States in 2001–03. He also served as Party Secretary and Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2004–07, and Representative and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Chinese Permanent Mission to the United Nations; and Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1998–2001. Ambassador Li also served as attaché at the Chinese embassy to Kenya and first secretary at the embassy to Lesotho; Deputy Director in general and Director in general of the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Spokesman and Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the 11th National People’s Congress.