China's foreign ministry spokesperson, known for his outspoken "wolf warrior" rhetoric, has been transferred to a new role within the ministry.
Zhao Lijian became the deputy director of the ministry's information department in 2019. He served as spokesperson of the ministry since 2020.
The ministry says Zhao has moved to its department that manages land and sea borders. He now serves as deputy head of the ministry's Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs.
Zhao's assertive remarks at regular news conferences, and combative social media posts, have often caused controversy.
He tweeted in 2020 that the US military might have brought the coronavirus to China.
Then US President Donald Trump reacted sharply, calling the coronavirus the "Chinese Virus."