By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

Stockholm, Jan. 4(CED) — On the last day of 2022, China announced that Chinese Ambassador to US Qin Gang was appointed as Foreign Minister. This was three months earlier than normal procedure. The normal procedure should be after his term of three years, but he was appointed just after his mission for only 17 months.

Why is this happening? That is because the current Foreign Minister Wang Yi will be promoted to another position and there will be a vacancy for this position. On the other hand, American Secretary of State planned to visit Beijing next year. Likely he thought he would meet Wang Yi. But President Xi nominated Qin Gang as Foreign Minister. He has been in the US for 17 months.

This implies that Xi paid great attention to relations with the US and uses a person who has worked in the US.

Xi’s good intention should be used as a good opportunity to relax relations with China, but not seen as being weak.

By Chinaeuropenet

Xuefei Chen Axelsson is an independent media person. She has been a journalist for 30 years. She studied English, International politics, and sustainable development. She has been to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and America, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and all the nordic countries including Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Britain. She is good at talking with all kinds of people and exchange ideas and serves as a bridge between China and the world.

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