Beijing and Washington are ready Name the new ambassadors to each other’s capitals as relations between the two great powers continued to slide.
On the Chinese side, Qin Gang, currently serving as Deputy Foreign Minister under Foreign Minister Wang Yi, has been tipped into the position of Cui Tiankai. Cui has been appointed the Chinese ambassador to the United States since 2013, the longest time for anyone in that position. His tenure also saw significant highs and sharp drops to new lows between Beijing and Washington. Despite the deteriorating relationship, Cui has tried to forge relationships and is willing to speak with a certain frequency with a wide range of US media. At 68, Cui will retire after imposing a mandatory retirement age on top officials. Qin, 55, is the youngest of the incumbent Foreign Ministers.
Born in Tianjin, Qin is a seasoned Chinese diplomat, most recently serving as the Foreign Ministry’s Director of the Reception Department and General Director of the Information Department as well as a spokesperson. Through Qin’s promotion in MFA since joining in 1988, his responsibilities include information management, European affairs and news, as well as event planning for President Trung. National Tap Jinping. Qin has accompanied Xi on many foreign visits and oversees schedules and itineraries, often making sure that the trips abroad follow the set diplomatic scenario.
Although Qin is well known for being more measured than some of the notorious “wolf warriors” diplomats, he is also known to speak openly and show nationalist attitudes. Most recently, he denounced the nations and individuals that defame China as “immoral” and “Wicked wolves” at a press conference about the CEEC China Summit.
On the US side, Nicholas Burns is expected to assume the role of ambassador to China. This post has been left blank since October 2020, when former President Donald Trump’s appointment, Terry Branstad, resigned to support Trump’s reelection campaign (Robert W. Forden, an expert) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, who served twice at the Beijing Embassy, chargé d’affaires since Branstad left.)
Across the Obama and Trump administrations, those appointed as US ambassadors to China are high-ranking politicians. Jon Huntsman (2009-2011) formerly governor of Utah, Gary Locke (2011-2014) served as US Secretary of Commerce and Washington state governor Max Baucus (2014-2017) was a US senator. the veteran comes from Montana, and Branstad (2017-2020) the longtime governor of Iowa.
Burns’ potential selection underscores Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the Biden administration to prioritize reinvestment and commitment to expertise developed by professional diplomats aimed at revitalizing U.S. diplomatic activity. Burns, present Practicing professor of international diplomacy and politics in HarvardThe John F. Kennedy School of Government and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Belfer Center for International Science and Affairs, is a veteran diplomat who has served under the Democratic and Republican administrations of more than two decades working for the US government. Before retiring from the State Department in 2008, he served as secretary of state in charge of political affairs from 2005 to 2008, US ambassador to NATO (2001-2005), ambassador to Greece (1997-2001 ) and US State Department spokesman (1995-1997). Burns was also a foreign policy advisor to Joe Biden during the presidential campaign.
Burns and Qin share a far and wide background of representing their country as members of their respective diplomatic corps. However, it is worth noting that neither diplomat has the experience or expertise of the other country. Perhaps more important would be the fact that everyone has access and a trusting relationship with the leaders they will serve; Due to the complexity of the China-US relationship, both Biden and Xi will tend to invest considerable time and effort in managing these relationships.
The new ambassadors will be tasked with representing their leader’s stiffer views toward the other, while also seeking to heal and build bridges to stabilize the relationship. This task will not be easy because political and domestic pressures seem to be pushing the two sides to look at each other with hatred and lack of trust.
Despite the U.S. presidential transition from Trump to Biden, Sino-US tensions across many policy areas remain. The Biden administration’s first bilateral dialogue, featuring Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan as well as Wang and Yang Jiechi, Director of the Office of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission, held in Anchorage, Alaska in May went to what could only be described as a fiery start. As The Diplomat’s Shannon Tiezzi noted, the long public speeches by the Chinese delegation signaled that “China do not consider themselves subordinate partners in the Sino-US dynamics, and no longer willing to play that role. “This first meeting certainly resonated, making it clear that new envoys from both China and the United States would take on new positions in places with less hospitable climates.