The head of the Chinese regime considers replacing the current foreign minister with an even more hard-line man
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The head of the Chinese regime, Xi Jinping, during a meeting with the media after the end of the XX Congress of the Communist Party , last October 23 (Reuters)
Strengthened. Emboldened. Empowered. Mao Zedong.
This is how Xi Jinping feels after the 20th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party(PCC) will deposit all power in him for another five years. In this way, he swept away the tradition of only two terms that had been maintained since the founder of the current People's Republic of China left his throne forever and began the modernization of the country in the mid-1970s. A symbol of this decline occurred hours before the end of the party summit when he decided to humiliate and expel Hu Jintao, his predecessor, from the premises.
Xi made it clear – from that violent gesture broadcast live to the whole world – that an era of moderation and growth had ended forever and that a new stage had begun: one with less economic achievement and an even more aggressive approach in matters of international politics and regional expansionism.
The country led with an iron hand by Xi is heading to intensify its famous diplomacy of the Wolf Warrior, a name adopted from a popular film saga whose plot is based on a hero of standardized values who defends China from alleged external threats. An ode to nationalism. The very linear message of the film – starring and directed by local movie megastar Wu Jing – was adopted by the regime's foreign service and broadcast to all its ambassadors and delegates around the world during the last years.
The slogan for its ambassadors scattered in every corner of the planet is clear and it worked perfectly with the hitherto foreign minister Wang Yi: virulently return any criticism of Beijing -for more brief and insignificant it may be – and harass every movement of Taiwan abroad. Diplomatic offices have the mission of not allowing questions of any kind, preventing Taiwanese representatives from freely carrying out their work -whether commercial or cultural- and pressing to the extreme to obtain concessions for mega-projects for state-owned companies.
Many of the officials of those countries that receive Chinese complaints -especially some with temptations rooted in nations with lazy institutions, such as in Latin Americaor Africa< /b>– they promptly respond to discontent and pressure from the regime's embassies and comply with their requests through letters, phone calls or visits.
However – and despite his great contributions and achievements to this type of foreign policy – it seems that Wang's time as diplomatic head is coming to an end. Xi Jinping no longer wants him as chief of ambassadors and seeks a more bellicose and hostile profile for his office. The 69-year-old awaits a long, cold and well-paid retirement adorned with an honorary position in the PCC. He will be invested with a certain institutional importance so that his declining ostracism will not be so unmotivating for the rest of the loyalists. But over time, his star will fade forever.
At the head of the head of Beijing there is another person to replace him: Qin Gang . At 56 years old -13 years younger than his still boss-, the current ambassador of China to the United States would be the man chosen by Xi to replace Wang. This implies a bet by the PCC for a much younger and combative figure for its foreign policy. Qin has just been promoted to the Central Committee, which puts it one step away from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Qin Gang is China's ambassador to the United States. He was in Washington for just over a year. Now Xi Jinping wants him as Wang Yi's successor as head of the regime's diplomacy (Photo: Xinhua)
Qin, unlike Wang , does not have its own line or history within the PCC. He absolutely responds to Xi and thinks not for himself, but for the supreme leader of him. During his year in Washington he demonstrated his loyalty to the extreme and was the most eloquent standard bearer of the Wolf Warrior strategy.. To each criticism -be it from the State Department or from a legislator of little renown- he replied aggressively, each time and immediately, without arguments that would refute the issue raised and without contemplating diplomatic ways.
He himself promotes and promotes his campaign to replace his current boss without fear of being reprimanded. He publishes newspaper articles in which he is named as the natural successor to the chancellorship, a decision that would be consummated in days.
Arrived in Washington in September 2021, Qin did not make any significant progress in the relationship between the two nations at times of tension extreme. On the contrary, it undermined all avenues of constructive dialogue. This data would be vital to understand what Xi Jinping's true intentions are facing the future. A future that looms even darker for the world: a nation with an economy that is beginning to creak and whose top leader only has in mind the obsession of a legacy that will place him above Mao Zedong.