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(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
Some media describe him as the "iron mouth with steel teeth". Some who have been in contact with him praise him as courageous and knowledgeable, kind and trustworthy, unassuming and industrious, and as common as an old shoe. This is Li Zhaoxing, who took over today as China's Foreign Minister.
Li Zhaoxing was born in Shandong Province in 1940. Not long after graduating from Beijing University, he began his career in diplomacy, during which he has served as a Deputy Office Director in the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and as First Secretary at the Chinese Embassy in Lesotho. Beginning in …