H.E. Xu Jinghu
Ambassdor to Morocco
Date of Birth: 10/1954
Place of Birth: Jiangsu province
Xu Jinghu born in 1954 in Jiangsu province. in 1979
she joined the Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry's Department
for Africa. She has held different positions in her career, though all connected
with the African foreign policy of the People's Republic of China.
Her first overseas assignment was as Third Secretary to the Chinese
embassy in Gabon between 1985 and 1990. She was apponted Ambassador to Morocco in 2009.
China's chief envoy to Morocco is an experienced
Africa hand, managing the 2006 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation
(FOCAC) held in Beijing. Now Ambassador to Morocco, consistently
placed among China's ten largest African trading partners, Xu
Jinghu assisted successor Zhang Ming (former Ambassador
to Kenya) as Assistant Secretary General at the fourth
FOCAC in Egypt on 8-9 November.
Born 1954 in Jiangsu, Xu attended the Beijing Foreign Languages
Institute, majoring in French. She entered the Foreign
Ministry's Department of African Affairs after graduation in 1979,
working in its West African office. In 1985, she received her
first international assignment, as Third Secretary to China's
embassy in Gabon, where she stayed
until 1990. In the decade that followed, she rose to become Deputy
Director of African Affairs. Her career follows a similar arc
to that of former Foreign Minister, and current Special Envoy
to Africa, Liu Guijin.
Beijing despatched Xu to Madagascar as a full ambassador
in 2001, where she arrived in time to witness the drawn-out stand-off
between the incumbent President Didier Ratsiraka and opposition
leader Marc Ravalomanana that followed the country's December
2001 presidential election, as well as the violence that accompanied
it. In 2004, she returned to Beijing to take up the mantle of
Director of African Affairs.
The post also called for her to serve as Secretary General of
the third FOCAC in 2006. The event was a public-relations triumph
for China that captured the world's attention and transformed
China-Africa relations. Xu was centre-stage during this period
of intense engagement with Africa. Over her four-year tenure,
China-Africa trade doubled as Beijing strengthened its influence
on the continent.
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