New York (Agencies): Pakistan’s permanent representative to United Nations (UN) Maleeha Lodhi on Friday hosted a welcome dinner for the new Chinese Ambassador to UN , Ma Zhaoxu, at Pakistan House.

The event was attended by over 30 ambassadors from all regions of the world.

They included diplomats from Italy, Russia, Kuwait, Iran, Mexico, Egypt, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Lebanon, Argentina, Oman, Peru, Brazil, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Colombia, Vietnam, Georgia, and Bangladesh.

Former foreign ministry spokesman and Chinese ambassador to Australia Ma Zhaoxu follows in the footsteps of Li Baodong, who became Beijing’s top envoy in Geneva in 2007 and then transferred to the New York post in 2010 after two and a half years.

China’s UN post in New York had been vacant for nearly four months since veteran diplomat Liu Jieyi was promoted to the deputy chief of the Taiwan Affairs Office just days ahead of the twice-a-decade Communist Party leadership shake-up in October.