The final time Qin had been seen in public was on June 25, when he met with diplomats from Vietnam, Russia, and Sri Lanka. Since then, he had not proven as much as scheduled engagements.
Wang Yi, who shall be returning to his previous function, had attended the Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) assembly in Indonesia earlier this month — an annual assembly the place the area’s overseas ministers collect. This week, Wang was additionally in South Africa for a BRICS assembly.
The Chinese language authorities had initially refused to touch upon Qin’s absence, however then subsequently stated that the overseas minister was out of labor because of unwell well being. When pressed for particulars, Chinese language Overseas Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning stated she had “no data to offer.”
After the abrupt announcement on Tuesday, China’s Overseas Ministry web site scrubbed most traces of Qin Gang — leaving just a few mentions of the minister’s most up-to-date conferences on the English-language model.
All particulars beneath the part “The Minister” had been wiped.