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Archive for January 1, 2023

Newsline: Top U.S. diplomat discussed U.S.-China relationship in call with incoming Chinese Foreign Minister

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with incoming Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang over the phone on Sunday, Blinken said on Twitter, after China last week appointed its ambassador to the United States to be its new foreign minister. Blinken said he discussed the U.S.-China relationship and maintaining open lines of communication in his phone call with Qin. (https://neuters.de/world/blinken-discussed-us-china-relationship-call-with-chinas-qin-2023-01-01/) China on Friday appointed Qin, its ambassador to the United States and a trusted aide of President Xi Jinping, to be its new foreign minister, as Beijing and Washington seek to stabilize rocky relations. Qin, 56, replaces Wang Yi, who had been foreign minister for the past decade. Though Qin sounded optimistic about U.S.-China relations during his relatively brief, 17-month stint as ambassador in Washington – his predecessor had held the post for eight years – his tenure nonetheless coincided with deteriorating ties between the two superpowers.

Newsline: China’s top diplomat calls for ‘dialogue’ with U.S.

China and the United States must pursue dialogue rather than confrontation and avoid the mistakes made during the Cold War, top Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said on Sunday in his first public comments since his appointment as head of the ruling Communist Party’s foreign affairs office. In an essay published in the official Party journal Seeking Truth, Wang urged major countries to “set an example” in the face of multiple challenges, citing China’s strengthened cooperation with Russia over 2022. “The two countries should establish a way of getting along with mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation and put China-U.S. relations back on the right track of health and stability,” he said. (https://neuters.de/world/chinas-top-diplomat-calls-dialogue-cooperation-with-us-2023-01-01/) Wang was replaced as China’s foreign minister on Friday by Qin Gang, former ambassador to the United States, but he was widely expected to retain a prominent role in foreign policy after his promotion in October to the Communist Party’s Politburo, the country’s top decision-making body.

Newsline: Vietnam’s Communist Party ousts top diplomat from Politburo

The Vietnamese Communist Party removed Standing Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh, who is in charge of foreign policy, from its Politburo amid an ongoing crackdown on coronavirus-related scandals. (https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/Vietnam-s-Communist-Party-ousts-top-diplomat-from-Politburo) It is highly unusual for a member of the Politburo to be ousted from the key decision-making body.