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Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang removed from post after only 7 months

By Meaghan Tobin

25 Jul 2023 · 3 min read

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  1. Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang has been officially removed from his position following a month-long disappearance. His replacement is Wang Yi, who previously held the position for nearly a decade.

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang was officially removed from his position on Tuesday following a month-long disappearance, bringing about an abrupt end to his meteoric rise within the ranks of China's opaque political system.

Confirmation of his replacement by Wang Yi - who previously occupied the position for nearly 10 years - comes after weeks of silence, with Qin's own ministry refusing to clarify his whereabouts, and wild speculation, including theories about grave political or personal missteps and serious illness.

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