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China sacks missing foreign minister Qin Gang, brings back Wang Yi

Speculation over the reasons behind Qin Gang’s disappearance – he was last seen at an event on June 25 – was immediately censored on China’s closely-monitored social media

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China removed foreign minister Qin Gang and appointed Wang Yi (AP File)

NEW DELHI: China’s foreign minister Qin Gang has been removed from his post and replaced by his predecessor Wang Yi, the country’s legislature said on Tuesday, in a sudden move that’s likely to bring the focus back on the ruling Communist Party of China’s (CPC) opaque politics.

Qin, 57, has been replaced by Wang, who was China’s foreign minister for a decade until December, 2022.

Wang was promoted to the CPC’s elite politburo last October when President XI Jinping retained the general secretary’s post for a norm-breaking third time. Wang was also appointed director of the CPC’s foreign affairs commission.

Wang was in Johannesburg on Tuesday attending the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) meeting of national security advisors when the announcement was made.

The brief announcement on Qin’s removal and the reappointment of Wang was made by China’s rubber stamp parliament, the National People’s Congress (NPC), on Tuesday after a day’s deliberation, officially to draft a criminal law amendment and to decide on “…official appointment and removal”.

“The meeting voted to remove Qin Gang from his concurrent post as Foreign Minister, appoint Wang Yi as Foreign Minister,” the 14th NPC standing committee said in the statement.

While Qin has been sacked as the foreign minister, it is likely that he will continue as state councillor, which he was appointed in March, 2023, by the NPC. A state councillor’s position is a high-ranking one within China’s state council, the country’s cabinet.

The announcement of Qin’s removal or state media reports gave no reason for his removal but it comes a month after the high-profile minister, considered one of the first Chinese diplomats to embrace the typically Chinese “wolf warrior” or aggressive diplomacy, disappeared after videos of him and a well-known Chinese anchor appeared online.

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