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What Developing Countries Should Expect From Xi’s New Foreign Policy Team

China's President Xi Jinping speaks during the closing ceremony of the 20th Chinese Communist Party's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 22, 2022. WANG Zhao / AFP

China’s new foreign policy leadership is taking shape following Sunday’s announcement that two senior officials had been promoted to key roles on the last day of the 20th Party Congress in Beijing.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi will join the elite  24-member Politburo, China’s equivalent of a presidential cabinet, to become the country’s top diplomat, replacing longtime Xi confidant Yang Jiechi who is retiring due to age. Also, Qin Gang, the current ambassador to the United States, was also appointed to the 200-strong Central Committee — a move that could pave the way for the 56-year-old diplomat to replace Wang as Foreign Minister.

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