Zhang Jun, China's new Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), began his term in office on August 6.
Zhang was born in 1960 in northeast China's Jilin Province. Before being appointed UN ambassador, Zhang had served as assistant minister for foreign affairs since 2018. Prior to that, he was director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs's Department of Economic Affairs since 2012.
Beginning in 2007, Zhang became China's ambassador to the Netherlands and permanent representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, serving until 2012. From 2004 to 2007, he was secretary to the General Office of the State Council.
On his first day in office, Zhang pledged that China, one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, will firmly uphold multilateralism and support the UN in playing an important role.