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Decoding Qin Gang’s Demotion: “He’s Either Dying or Under Discipline”

Suo Takekuma / POOL / AFP

One month after Qin Gang made his last public appearance as foreign minister, China’s top legislative body removed him from the post on Tuesday and re-appointed the country’s most senior foreign policy official Wang Yi to the position.

Despite rampant speculation over what prompted Qin’s sudden disappearance from public life, neither the Communist Party nor the government has provided a hint as to what happened.

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