China abruptly replaces one of Xi’s top allies!
Qin Gang was abruptly removed as c foreign minister after disappearing from public view for 30 days.
The move ended the career of a diplomat who had been one of President Xi
Jinping’s most trusted rising stars.
His fate has become a huge
topic of speculation on social media, with many commentators focusing on his
personal life and a potentially compromising relationship while he was an
ambassador in the U.S.
Whatever actually happened,
the move creates awkwardness for Xi, who catapulted Qin into his role ahead
of other longer-serving candidates. Qin’s replacement is Wang Yi, who had
been foreign minister until Qin’s appointment last year.
Analysis: “The suddenness
and opacity surrounding Qin’s dismissal demonstrates the volatility that has
now become a feature of China’s political system,” said Jude Blanchette of
the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.