On 29 February in Beijing, Latvia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Māris Selga presented his letters of credence to the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping.
During the meeting with the President of China, Ambassador Selga emphasised the good dynamic in Latvia-China relations and he mentioned the promotion of business and trade as a main priority. President Xi Jinping expressed confidence in the positive development of future relations and pointed out that this accreditation was taking place at an auspicious moment since it was precisely 25 years ago that Latvia and China established diplomatic relations and because this year in Riga, the Summit of Heads of Government will be taking place in the 16+1 format that brings China together with the countries of central and eastern Europe.
Māris Selga began his work in the Latvian Foreign Service in 1994. He has been Latvia’s Ambassador to Egypt, and non-resident Ambassador to Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. He received his master’s degree from the Faculty of History and Philosophy of the University of Latvia and engaged in doctoral studies at the Department of Political Sciences of the University of Latvia. He also studied political science at Aarhus University in Denmark, took part in the international training course on security policy at the Geneva Centre for Security Studies, and studied at the Department of War Studies of King’s College in London. Māris Selga replaces Ingrīda Levrence, Latvia’s previous Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China.