China’s Former Foreign Minister Ousted Over Alleged Extramarital Affair
China’s former foreign minister, Qin Gang, has been removed from his position after allegations of an extramarital affair surfaced. The Wall Street Journal reported that Qin was found to have engaged in an extramarital affair while serving as China’s envoy to Washington.
Qin, who was known as a trusted aide of Chinese leader Xi Jinping, was abruptly removed from his position in July, just seven months after assuming office. The Chinese government has not provided an official explanation for Qin’s removal or confirmed whether he is under investigation.
According to insider sources, senior Chinese officials were briefed on the Communist Party’s investigation into Qin. The investigation revealed that Qin had fathered a child in the US as a result of the extramarital affair. Despite the ongoing investigation, Qin is said to be cooperating.
This incident comes at a critical time for China, as national security takes on increased importance under Xi Jinping’s leadership. The Chinese leader has been focused on strengthening China’s counter-espionage and intelligence gathering apparatuses.
During his tenure as Chinese Ambassador to the US, Qin played a key role in efforts to restore communication between the US and China. He was known for his diplomatic skills and ability to bridge the gap between the two nations.
Qin, who is married with a son, had a promising career in China’s foreign ministry. His sudden downfall due to the alleged extramarital affair has surprised many in both domestic and international circles.
The Chinese government has not commented on the matter, and it remains unclear what consequences Qin will face following the investigation. However, this incident serves as a reminder that even high-ranking officials are subject to scrutiny and consequences for their personal actions.
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