File photo of Zhang Xiangchen.

Zhang Xiangchen, China’s vice-minister of commerce, has been appointed on Tuesday as deputy director-general of the World Trade Organization.

Zhang┬áhas worked on international trade issues for more than 30 years. He served as China’s ambassador to the WTO from February 2017 to February 2021, when he was replaced by former assistant commerce minister Li Chenggang.

Besides Zhang, the WTO’s Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala also named United States’ Angela Ellard, Costa Rica’s Anabel Gonzalez and France’s Jean-Marie Paugam as deputy directors-general.

Before Zhang, Yi Xiaozhun was appointed WTO deputy director-general in August 2013 and became the first person from China to serve in the position.