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Liu Xiaoming (simplified Chinese: 刘晓明; traditional Chinese: 劉曉明; born January 1956) is a Chinese diplomat serving as ambassador to the United Kingdom since 2009. He graduated from Dalian University of Foreign Languages with a major in English and undertook further studies in the United States, obtaining a master's degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1983.[1]

Liu Xiaoming
刘晓明
Liu Xiaoming, Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China to the UK.jpg
People's Republic of China Ambassador to the United Kingdom
Assumed office
March 2010
Preceded byFu Ying
Personal details
BornJanuary 1956 (age 63)
Jieyang, Guangdong, China
ResidenceLondon, United Kingdom
Liu Xiaoming
Simplified Chinese刘晓明
Traditional Chinese劉曉明

Between 2001 and 2003, Liu acted as China's ambassador in Egypt, and from 2006 to 2010 as Chinese ambassador in North Korea. In 2010 he replaced Fu Ying as Chinese ambassador in the UK.[2]

In 2014 he likened Japan to J. K. Rowling's character Voldemort, with Japan returning the accusation.[3]

In 2017, in an interview marking 20 years to the Hong Kong Handover, he expressed his support of the "one country two systems" mechanism. He emphasized that Hong Kong is an active democracy and an integral part of China, and that internal affairs were “not for foreign governments to get involved in".[4]

In 2018, Liu Xiaoming published a signed article in The Guardian on the subject of the US-China trade war, noting that while China was still open to negotiation, the US is maintaining a position of unilateralism.[5] In early May 2018, Xiaoming noted that the North Korean government was closely watching the details surrounding the United States withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.[6]

In July 2019, Liu criticised the British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, saying that it was "totally wrong ... to talk about freedom" after the 2019 Hong Kong protests and that instead it was "a matter about breaking laws in Hong Kong".[7] The same day, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang had said Hunt was "obsessed with the bad habit of criticizing and lecturing on other countries' affairs condescendingly". This resulted in Liu being summoned to the Foreign Office to explain the "unacceptable and inaccurate" comments and Hunt warning of "serious consequences" if China exercised a human rights crackdown because of the protests.[8][9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Liu Xiaoming". Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  2. ^ "Chinese President Hu Jintao Appoints New Ambassadors". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China. March 9, 2010. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  3. ^ "China And Japan Are Calling Each Other 'Voldemort' As Propaganda War Escalates". BusinessInsider. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Chinese Ambassador defends democracy in Hong Kong". BBC News. Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  5. ^ Xiaoming, Liu (April 10, 2018). "China does not want a trade war with the US, but it must defend itself | Liu Xiaoming". the Guardian. Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  6. ^ "Kim Jong Un Is Watching Trump's Iran Decision, Chinese Envoy Says". Bloomberg.com. May 8, 2018. Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  7. ^ Wintour, Patrick (July 3, 2019). "UK summons China ambassador in row over Hong Kong protests". The Guardian. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  8. ^ Griffiths, James (July 4, 2019). "Diplomatic spat between UK and China after Beijing slams London's 'colonial' attitude to Hong Kong". CNN. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  9. ^ Oliphant, Roland; Yan, Sophie (July 3, 2019). "Britain summons Chinese ambassador as he accuses Government of taking 'wrong side' on Hong Kong". The Telegraph. Retrieved July 4, 2019.