Qin Gang has been removed from his post as Chinese Foreign Minister.
Wang Yi, who currently heads the office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, will again become the head of the Chinese foreign ministry.
This decision was made on July 25 by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China.
According to the Xinhua news agency, at the 4th session of the 14th National People’s Congress, as a result of a vote, it was decided to remove Qin Gang from the post of Chinese Foreign Minister and appoint Wang Yi to this post.
Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a corresponding decree. The reasons for the reshuffle at the Chinese Foreign Ministry are not reported.
Wang Yi headed the Chinese Foreign Ministry from 2013-2022. Prior to that, in 2008-2013, he served as head of the Taiwan Affairs Office under the State Council of China, and in 2004-2007, he was Ambassador to Japan.
“Disappearance” of Qin Gang
The topic of Qin Gang’s “disappearance” began to circulate in the Western press after the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on July 11 that the head of the department, for health reasons, would not be able to take part in the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which was held in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. Then, instead of Qin Gang, China was represented at the meeting by Wang Yi.
Since then, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has not given any further information about Qin Gang’s health and whereabouts, although media representatives have repeatedly asked questions about this at briefings.
Qin Gang has held various diplomatic positions since 1988, including being Ambassador to the UK in 2010-2011.
In 2018-2021, he served as Deputy Foreign Minister, in July 2021 he was appointed US Ambassador. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs headed on December 30 last year.