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China Removes Outspoken Foreign Minister Qin Gang

China Removes Outspoken Foreign Minister Qin Gang
Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang gives a speech in Beijing on May 23. (Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images)

Tuesday, 25 July 2023 07:45 AM EDT

China has removed outspoken foreign minister Qin Gang from office and replaced him with his predecessor, Wang Yi.

In an announcement Tuesday evening, state media gave no reason for Qin’s removal, but it comes after he dropped out of sight almost one month ago amid speculation over his personal affairs and political rivalries.

The ministry has provided no information about Qin's status in keeping with the ruling Communist Party’s standard approach to personnel matters within a highly opaque political system where the media and free speech are severely restricted.

The ministry made no comment at its daily briefing Tuesday. The move comes amid a foreign backlash against China's increasingly aggressive foreign policy, of which Qin was a chief proponent.

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China has removed outspoken foreign minister Qin Gang from office and replaced him with his predecessor, Wang Yi. In an announcement Tuesday evening, state media gave no reason for Qin's removal, but it comes after he dropped out of sight almost one month ago amid...
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