Christopher Klein is the Charge d’Affaires of U.S. Embassy Hanoi. He entered the Foreign Service in 1998. He served as Deputy Executive Secretary in the State Department from 2017-2019. His previous Washington assignments included Deputy Director of the Office of China and Mongolia Affairs and Special Assistant in the Bureau of East Asia-Pacific Affairs. He served twice at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York – first as Staff Assistant and Political Officer early in his career, then as Political Minister-Counselor from 2013-2017. His overseas assignments included the U.S. Embassies in Paris, Baghdad, Beijing, and Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he was a journalist; his work appeared in The Moscow Times, New York Newsday, and The National Law Journal. He graduated from San Francisco State University and the National War College.