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Meet the Chinese VP Who is Fast Becoming a Major Player in Beijing’s Diplomacy

The role of a Chinese vice president, like their U.S. counterpart, has largely been ceremonial, particularly in the diplomatic sphere where the Director of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee Foreign Affairs Commission and the Foreign Minister (now a combined role) have traditionally been the most prominent envoys. ...

Biden Picks Asia Hand Kurt Campbell as Deputy Secretary of State

President Biden has nominated top Asia strategist Kurt Campbell as Deputy Secretary of State. The choice of Campbell as Secretary of State Antony Blinken's second-in-command signals continued attention to China despite the U.S.'s growing focus on conflicts in Europe and the Middle East.  

Cambodia’s New PM to Visit China

Cambodia’s new Prime Minister, Hun Manet, will visit China for two days from Thursday, one of his first official overseas visits since taking over from his father, Hun Sen. He will meet with China’s President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Qiang. Six ...

New Prominence for Premier Li Qiang as Xi Skips Summits

Chinese Premier Li Qiang is gaining unexpected prominence thanks to the fact that he is standing in for President Xi Jinping at this week’s ASEAN and G20 summits, where he'll represent the PRC in the same room as people like U.S. President Joe Biden.

Xi Mysteriously Failed to Show Up at a BRICS Event, Sparking Wild Speculation Over What Happened

The opening day of the BRICS summit in South Africa began as expected on Tuesday with a flurry of high-profile arrivals in Johannesburg followed by a bilateral meeting between South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. The two ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Chinese Foreign Minister to Lead UN Security Council Meeting on Gaza

Wang Yi, China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, will chair a UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting in New York on the ongoing crisis in Gaza.
China, the current UNSC president, called the meeting scheduled for November 29. It comes as the two sides are looking into extending the temporary ceasefire that started last week to allow for the return of further Israeli hostages and Palestinian detainees.

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Analyst Handicaps Who’s in Contention to Become China’s Next Foreign Minister

The "House of Cards"-style drama that's unfolded in the Chinese Foreign Ministry over the past month is prompting intense speculation from China watchers in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere over who will ultimately become foreign minister following Qin Gang's unexpected exit last week.

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

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 Happened to Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang?

It's been three weeks since Qin Gang was last seen in public, sparking a wave of rumors (many emanating from Taiwan) that the Chinese Foreign Minister has been benched for allegedly having an affair with Phoenix News TV journalist Fu Xiaotian. Initially, ...

Veteran Chinese Diplomat is New Envoy to Zimbabwe

China's new envoy to Zimbabwe, Zhou Ding, presented his credentials to President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week to become the second Chinese ambassador in Africa (after Zhao Bin in the DRC) to take up their post this year. Zhou, like Zhao, comes ...

China’s New Ambassador to DR Congo Presents Credentials to Tshisekedi

China's newly arrived envoy to Kinshasa, Zhao Bin, presented his credentials to DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi at the Palais de la Nation late last week.  Zhao is a veteran diplomat with an extensive background in European affairs, but he has ...
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