Latest World News: Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang ‘disappeared’

Qin Gang was removed from his post as foreign minister. (To file)


Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang was removed from his post on Tuesday, state media reported, after not being seen in the public eye for a month.

“China’s top legislature voted to appoint Wang Yi as foreign minister…as it convened a session on Tuesday,” state media Xinhua said.

“Qin Gang was removed from his post as foreign minister.”

The report did not give a reason for Qin’s withdrawal, but said President Xi Jinping had signed a presidential decree to enact the decision.

Mr. Qin was considered a confidant of President Xi and many analysts attributed his recent rapid rise in the diplomatic ranks to their relationship.

China has remained tight-lipped for weeks over the whereabouts of Mr Qin, who has not been seen in public since June 25, when he met Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko in Beijing.

His absence sparked a storm of speculation that he had been removed from office or was under official investigation.

Qin Gang’s duties had recently been taken over by China’s top diplomat Wang, who leads the ruling Communist Party’s foreign policy and tops Mr. Qin in the government hierarchy.

Qin Gang replaced Wang as foreign minister in December last year.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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