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The growing list of Chinese elites who disappear but later resurface subdued

By Amy Hawkins

25 Jul 2023 · 3 min read

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  1. Qin Gang, China's foreign minister, has been replaced by Wang Yi in a surprise reshuffle. The move follows Qin's unexplained month-long absence from official events.

Qin Gang, China’s erstwhile foreign minister, has officially been replaced by Wang Yi, China’s top diplomat, in a surprise reshuffle that provided a sliver of clarity regarding Qin’s mysterious month-long absence. But many questions remain unanswered.

On Tuesday, the standing committee of China’s National People’s Congress convened a surprise session. The brief readout of the meeting stated that Qin had been removed as foreign minister, stalling, for now, the career of a former rising star of the Chinese Communist party (CCP) and close adviser to Xi Jinping, China’s leader.

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