A familiar face for the US as China’s Wang returns as foreign minister

A familiar face for the US as China’s Wang returns as foreign minister

China has reappointed Wang Yi as its foreign minister, signaling a familiar face in its efforts to stabilize relations with the United States. However, Wang’s return is unlikely to change the troubled bilateral relationship or address concerns about the transparency of President Xi Jinping’s government. Qin Gang, who was seen as a protege of Xi, was removed from his position after just six months, with no public appearance since June 25. The ministry cited health reasons but provided no further details.

Wang, known for his intellect and assertive defense of China’s positions, has been involved in U.S.-China relations for years. His return to the ministry is expected to help resume normal operations and alleviate speculation about Qin’s fate. However, it is not expected to significantly improve the tense relationship between the two countries.

The removal of Qin and Wang’s reappointment do not change the underlying reasons for friction in the U.S.-China relationship, according to experts. China’s embassy in Washington did not comment on the matter, while the U.S. State Department acknowledged China’s right to choose its foreign minister and highlighted Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s previous meetings with Wang.

Wang’s return as foreign minister suggests China’s eagerness for stable relations with the U.S. ahead of Xi’s anticipated meetings with President Joe Biden later this year. The upcoming global summits provide an opportunity for continuity and predictability in this position, given Wang’s existing relationships with foreign counterparts.

U.S. and Chinese diplomats are currently grappling with contentious issues such as Taiwan and export controls. Wang’s seniority within the ruling Communist Party could be beneficial for the U.S. In the Chinese system, the top diplomat is the director of the Communist Party’s foreign affairs commission, a role Wang will continue to hold. This dual position removes a layer of bureaucracy for U.S. interlocutors and grants Wang more influence with China’s top leaders.

Despite occasional frosty exchanges, Blinken had maintained contacts with Wang even during Qin’s tenure as foreign minister. Wang’s reappointment highlights the unpredictability and opacity of the Chinese system, as Qin’s disappearance without any information from Beijing raises concerns. The removal of content mentioning Qin from the foreign ministry website further emphasizes the lack of transparency.

The choice of Wang for the role also reflects a shortage of experienced Chinese diplomats trusted by Xi and possessing the necessary U.S. experience. This lack of options contributes to the challenges faced by Beijing in filling this high-profile position.

In conclusion, China’s reappointment of Wang Yi as foreign minister maintains a familiar face in its relationship with the United States. However, it is unlikely to bring significant changes to the troubled bilateral relationship or address concerns about transparency. The decision reflects China’s desire for stability ahead of important meetings with the U.S., but underlying issues and challenges remain.

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