Chinese diplomat Qin Kang was officially appointed as China’s new ambassador to the United States on Wednesday, AFP reported Thursday.
Agence France-Presse recalls that Chen is a confidant of Chinese President Xi Jinping, and is coming to the United States at a time of strained relations between the two countries.
The new ambassador arrived in Washington on Wednesday, where he made a statement to US and Chinese media. He described the United States and China as “two great countries with different histories, cultural and social systems” and at different stages of development.
“China and the United States are embarking on a new series of mutual exploration, understanding and adaptation to find a way to compromise,” said the diplomat, whose comments were made by the Chinese embassy in Washington on its official website.
The new ambassador promised to handle US-China relations. AFP recalls that these factors have deteriorated significantly in recent years on a number of issues, including trade, human rights, cybersecurity and the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to AFP, Chen, 55, is fluent in English and has worked for several years at the Chinese Embassy in London and then at the Chinese Foreign Ministry. He will replace Chihui Tiankai, who served as China’s ambassador to the United States from April 2013 to June this year.
According to AFP, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, as AFP spokesperson in the media and social networks, promoted China’s groundbreaking defense – known as “wolf warrior diplomacy”.
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