US snub of Chinese envoy could boomerang now that he’s a big wheel — or not

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Jake Werner

“Last week Qin Gang, China’s ambassador to the United States, bid adieu to his appointment with a schmaltzy paean to his many delightful trips across America. Recalling his visits to heartland farms and coastal container ports, ballparks and factories, he promised to hold these memories in his heart and make ‘the development of China-U.S. relations … an important mission of mine in my new position.’ That new position is foreign minister of China. This marks a leap in status that had only come into view in Washington late in Qin’s tenure as ambassador, after his surprise appointment to the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee last October. Prior to that, Biden administration officials largely ignored Qin, believing that he was not closely connected to Xi Jinping. That left Qin spending his time traveling the country rather than engaging with high-level foreign policymakers.” (01/16/23)