Ma Zhaoxu

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Ma Zhaoxu
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Ma Zhaoxu
Permanent Representative of China to United Nations Office in Geneva
Assumed office
6 April 2016
President Xi Jinping
Premier Li Keqiang
Preceded by Wu Hailong
China Ambassador to Australia
In office
23 August 2013 – 2016
Preceded by Chen Yuming
Succeeded by Cheng Jingye
Personal details
Born September 1963
Heilongjiang, China

Ma Zhaoxu (simplified Chinese: 马朝旭; traditional Chinese: 馬朝旭; pinyin: Mǎ Zhāoxù; born September 1963) is the former Chinese Ambassador to Australia from 2013 until 2016.[1]

He was previously spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China (PRC), as well as the director-general of its Information Department.


Ma Zhaoxu was born in September 1963 in Heilongjiang Province. He graduated from Peking University with a degree in international relations. In 1986, he participated in the inaugural Asian college students debating competition organized by the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) and won the "best debater" award, becoming well known to PRC college students at the time.[2][3]

Ma joined the Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1987 and served in various departments and embassies, including counselor at the PRC embassy in the United Kingdom from 2001 to 2002 and counselor at the PRC embassy in Belgium from 2002 to 2004. He was appointed deputy director of the Policy Planning Department in 2004 and director in 2006. In January 2009, he replaced Liu Jianchao as the director-general of the Information Department as well as the head spokesperson of the ministry.[4][5][6]

Ma is married with one daughter.

Recently, there has been some controversy surrounding Ma Zhaoxu's statement “there are no dissidents in China”, while China responds disapprovingly to the Nobel prize having been awarded to incarcerated Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.

On 6 April 2016, he was appointed as the Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) and other International Organizations.[7]


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