China appoints US Ambassador Qin Gang as new foreign minister | News

The new ambassador replaces Wang Yi, who has been China’s top diplomat for the past decade.

China has appointed Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang as its new foreign minister, according to state media.

Qin, 56, replaces Wang Yi, China’s top diplomat of the past decade.

Wang, 69, was elected to the politburo of the Communist Party of China in October and is expected to play a larger role in foreign policy.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi
Wang Yi has held the position of foreign minister since 2012 [Lukas Coch/EPA-EFE]

As a rising star in the foreign ministry, Qin has progressed through various positions, including the position of ministry spokesman and positions at the Chinese embassy in the UK.

A trusted aide to President Xi Jinping, Qin also served as head of the leader’s reception from 2014 to 2018.

He will now return to Beijing from Washington after 17 months as China’s 11th ambassador to the US.

In an essay published this week in the US magazine National Interest, Qin gave an overview of China’s stance on foreign policy and reiterated that China-US relations are not is a zero sum game.

Mr. Qin’s time in the US has been punctuated by rising tensions between the world’s two largest economies, even as their leaders have attempted to re-engage diplomacy in recent weeks.

At the meeting, Biden signaled that the United States believes China is undermining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and in the wider region, and endangering global prosperity by engaging in engaged in “coercive and increasingly aggressive actions against Taiwan”.

On December 23, Wang, in his capacity as foreign minister, accused the United States of an “old habit of unilateral bullying.” in a phone call with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The US State Department said Blinken and Wang discussed “the need to maintain open lines of communication and responsible management between the United States and China. [People’s Republic of China] relationship.” They also raised “concerns about Russia’s war against Ukraine and the threats it poses to global security and economic stability.”

“Standing with the international community to promote peace and negotiation, we will continue to play a constructive role in resolving the crisis in our own way,” China’s foreign ministry was quoted as saying. Mr. Vuong told Blinken.

On Thursday, the US military said a Chinese fighter jet flew within six meters (20 feet) of a US Air Force surveillance plane over the South China Sea earlier this month.


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