Chinese Ambassadors: The Rise of Diplomatic Professionalism Since
Xiaohong Liu brings 12 years of personal experience in the
Chinese foreign service to this path breaking study. Drawing on her
own direct observations, interviews, and newly available Chinese
sources, she examines four generations of Chinese ambassadors, who
served from 1949 to 1994. She charts the evolution of the Chinese
diplomatic corps from its early military orientation to the
emergence of career professionals and assesses the impact of various
ambassadors on Chinese foreign policy.
Xiaohong Liu, a former Chinese foreign service officer who worked
on Western European affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from
1977 to 1989, lives in Virginia.