(Beijing) China has sent an ambassador known for his intransigence, Qin Gang, to Washington at a time when relations between the two leading world powers are “deadlocked” according to Chinese diplomacy.
Posted on Jul 28, 2021 at 9:27 pm
Qin, whose appointment has not been officially confirmed despite several rumors, arrived at JFK Airport in New York on Wednesday, the Chinese embassy in Washington said and posted photos of the new ambassador wearing a mask with a striking red flag.
Mr. Qin has built a reputation for being the “battle wolf”, the new generation of Chinese diplomats known for their aggressive tone towards Western countries.
On arrival, however, he was forgiving of his hosts.
“I will endeavor to build communication and cooperation channels with all sectors in the United States and will work to get relations between China and the United States back on track,” he promised, according to comments on his message.
Hong Kong, Taiwan, Xinjiang, human rights, trade, technologies and the origins of COVID-19: there is no shortage of controversial issues between the two leading world powers and American President Joe Biden has hardly changed the policy of his predecessor Donald Trump.
On Monday, China issued a formal charge against Washington’s policies during the first visit by a senior US diplomat from the Biden era, Wendy Sherman.
The bilateral relations are “stuck in a dead end”, his Chinese interlocutor introduced and accused the Americans of seeing China as “an imaginary enemy”.
The new US administration has yet to appoint an ambassador to Beijing, but according to press reports, professional diplomat Nicholas Burns has been appointed.