China Names New Envoy to N.Korea

      March 18, 2015 10:53

      Li Jinjun

      China has apparently named Li Jinjun from the International Department of the party's Central Committee as new ambassador to North Korea.

      Li's job as deputy director of the department has been taken by Liu Hongcai, the outgoing envoy, the department's website said on Tuesday.

      The China Xinhua News Network carried a detailed biography on Li.

      "It seems Beijing asked for Pyongyang's agreement to the appointment," a diplomatic source in Beijing said, but no official announcement has been made by either side.

      Born in Jiangsu Province in 1956, Li graduated in German from Shanghai International Studies University and also studied at Heidelberg in Germany.

      He started his official career in the International Department in 1975 and watched the process of German reunification while working at the Chinese Embassy in West Germany from 1987 to 1991.

      He served as ambassador to Burma from 2001 and to the Philippines from 2005.

      He is the most senior among the five deputy directors of the department in charge of diplomatic relations with foreign communist parties.

      Li's mission will be to improve relations with Pyongyang, which have been strained since North Korea's third nuclear test and execution of the pro-Chinese former eminence grise Jang Song-taek.

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