China appoints Xi’s trusted aide Qin Gang as new foreign minister

BEIJING, Dec 30 — China has appointed Qin Gang, a dependable aide of President Xi Jinping, as its new overseas minister, condition radio reported nowadays.

Qin, 56, and currently China’s ambassador to the United States, replaces Wang Yi, who has been foreign minister for the previous decade. Wang, 69, was promoted to the politburo of the Chinese Communist Celebration in Oct and is anticipated to perform a bigger job in foreign plan.

A climbing star in the foreign ministry, Qin rose by way of numerous positions including as the ministry’s spokesman and postings at the Chinese embassy in Britain.

He served as Xi’s main protocol officer in between 2014 and 2018.

Next his appointment, Qin will return to Beijing from Washington soon after 17 months as China’s 11th ambassador to the United States.

In an essay posted in American bi-regular monthly magazine the Countrywide Curiosity this 7 days, Qin gave an overview of China’s place on international plan and reiterated that China-US relations were not a zero-sum activity. — Reuters