China Names New Foreign Minister – Charles Hutzler

 English 2007-04 27 Xin 502040427155690629971 AP reports “China’s government abruptly replaced its .” Yang Jiechi just replaced Li Zhaoxing:

Friday, elevating former Ambassador to the United States to the post in an early reshuffling of top positions ahead of key political meetings.

The removal of 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.

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