China Names New Foreign Minister – Charles Hutzler
Friday, elevating former Ambassador to the United States Yang Jiechi to the post in an early reshuffling of top positions ahead of key political meetings.
The removal of Li Zhaoxing as foreign minister had been widely expected — but not until much later this year, when the ruling Communist Party convenes a once-every-five-year congress to reapportion top jobs. [Full Text]
Xinhua’s announcement is here.