Zhaoxu Ma 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.
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. He the director-general of the Information Department as well as the head spokesperson of the ministry.
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.
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