Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, National People’s Congress, People’s Republic of China
She became the Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress of China (2013), having joined China’s Foreign Service in the late 1970s. In Cambodia, she became China’s first civilian UN peacekeeper (1992) and hence started her decade-long engagement with Asian affairs. She served successively as the Director, Counselor of the Foreign Ministry’s Asian Department (1993–2004), Minister Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Indonesia (1997), China’s Ambassador to the Philippines (1998), and head of the Foreign Ministry’s Asian Department (2000). She was appointed the Chinese Ambassador to Australia (2004) and later Ambassador to the United Kingdom (2007). She served as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (2009–2013).She is now the Chair of Academic Committee of the newly established China’s Institution of International Strategy (CIIS) of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and specially invited Vice Chairman of China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE).