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Vol 1 (AAC) No 9

Published 1st July 2008

Zhai Jun

Assistant Foreign Minister, China

A specialist in the Middle East and North Africa, Zhai is responsible for China's West Asian and African relations. The Hebei native joined the Foreign Ministry after finishing university and was sent to study Arabic at Cairo University. He returned to Beijing in 1975, spending five years as a translator before taking an embassy post in Yemen. He later worked in Saudi Arabia and served as ambassador to Libya. He was Director-General of West Asian and North African Affairs until 2006, when he became Assistant Foreign Minister.

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