OECD Forum Series 2022: How to Make Resilient Supply Chains Happen


Zhang Xiangchen


Deputy-Director General


Zhang Xiangchen has been Deputy-Director General of WTO since 1 June 2021. He has long and extensive experience on WTO issues, international negotiations, and policy research. Prior to his current position, he served as Vice Minister of Commerce of China. He was China’s Ambassador to the WTO from 2017 to 2020, Deputy China International Trade Representative (vice-minister’s level) from 2015 to 2017, Assistant Minister of Commerce from 2013 to 2015. He also held several other senior positions in the Ministry of Commerce of China, including Director General for the Policy Research Department from 2011 to 2013, and Director General for the WTO Affairs Department from 2005 to 2008. From 2008 to 2011, he served as Minister and Deputy Permanent Representative of China to the WTO and was elected as the Chair of the Working Party of the Accession of Lao PDR. In 2005, he was appointed chief negotiator for China-Australia FTA. From 1992 to 2001, he was a leading aide to China’s Chief Representative for GATT/WTO accession negotiations. Mr Zhang holds a bachelor’s degree in law, a master’s degree in international relations theory and a PhD in international politics from Peking University. His main publications include Retrospection: WTO and China in the global crisis (November 2011), World outside the Window: The WTO and Globalization in My Eyes (July 2008), Sino-US Relations after the WTO (September 2002) and Developing Countries in the WTO: Politics and Economics (January 2000).