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The new Chinese Foreign Minister held talks with the US Secretary of State

China’s newly appointed Foreign Minister Qin Gang and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a phone conversation on Sunday regarding relations between the two countries.

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According to a statement posted on the official website of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Qin bid farewell to Blinken and recalled his candid, in-depth and constructive meetings with the secretary during his tenure as Chinese ambassador to the United States.

The incoming Secretary of State told Blinken that he hoped to maintain a close working relationship with the US Secretary of State and to promote better relations between the two countries.
The statement said both sides also exchanged New Year greetings during the call.

The Standing Committee of China’s legislature National People’s Congress (ANP) last Saturday appointed 56-year-old Qin as the new foreign minister.

During the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC, ruling), held last October, Qin became part of the Central Committee, a group of about 200 members (plus about 170 substitutes) that lead the formation.

The new foreign minister takes up the post of ambassador in Washington in 2021, at a time when relations between China and the United States are deteriorating after then-President Donald Trump launched a trade war with the Asian country in 2018.

Wang Yi has become the top foreign policy adviser to Chinese President Xi Jinping, replacing veteran Yang Yichi, who resigned at the age of 72.

Yi will head the Office Directorate of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party.

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