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New Chinese ambassador to Russia arrives in Moscow

THE new Chinese ambassador to Russia, Li Hui, arrived in Moscow yesterday.

Li, a veteran diplomat, was received at the airport by Alexander Grachev, deputy head of the protocol department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, and Andrey Kulik, deputy head of Asian relations at the Russian Foreign Ministry, as well as Li Huilai and Zhang Haizhou, ministers of the Chinese Embassy in Russia.

Li, 56, previously a vice foreign minister, was appointed as the new ambassador to Russia on Aug. 13, replacing Liu Guchang, who is 63.

A polished Russian speaker, Li came from China's northeastern Heilongjiang Province, which borders Russia, and served in China's embassy in Moscow in the 1970s and 1980s. He served as Chinese ambassador to Kazakhstan between 1997 and 1999.


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