June 20, 2019

Wang Yi double top diplomat

Monday, 19 March 2018, Beijing, PRC: Foreign Minister Wang Yi has been reappointed as head of Chinese diplomacy during the latest governmental reshuffle.

Moreover Minister Wang was made of five state councillors. State councillors, who report to the cabinet, are more senior than ministers and it is unusual, though not unprecedented, for an individual to hold both positions simultaneously. His consellorship concerns diplomacy albeit the main source of coordinating the PRC’s diplomatic strategy is the “Foreign Affairs Leading Group”, chaired by President Xi, and under Secretary General Yang Jiechi.

Wang (64) has been China’s foreign minister since 2013. A career diplomat and fluent Japanese speaker, he has also served as China’s ambassador in Tokyo and head of China’s policy-making Taiwan Affairs Office.

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