Xianglin Li, born May 1961 in northwest China, has been the International Livestock Research Institute’s Liaison Scientist for China since October 2001. Li works with a wide range of public, private Institutions and NGOs to coordinate ILRI’s activities in China and his office is located at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) in Beijing, China. He began his grassland and forage study at Gansu Agricultural University (GAU), receiving a B.Sc. (Agr.) in 1982. He went on to complete his M.S. in Grassland Science at GAU in 1985. His research and extension career was first at the Gansu Grassland Ecology Research Institute in Lanzhou from 1985 to 1993, working on pasture improvement and management in Southwest China. During that period he went to Massey University in New Zealand for a 12 month study. After completing his Ph.D. in Agroecology from 1993 to 1996 in Lanzhou University, he worked at the Institute of Animal Science in Beijing, one of the 40 national research institutes supported by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), as the lead scientist for a number of nation-wide projects on grassland-based livestock systems. He is the Vice-President of the China Grassland Society and the Chairman of the Forage Production Committee of the Society.