Qin Gang, the CCP’s ambassador to the United States, who has been treated “coldly” in this country, recently identified himself as a “wolf warrior” in a speech in the United States and hinted that he would resign and return to China.
Hong Kong’s Sing Tao Daily reported on December 8 that on December 6, Qin Gang was invited to the US-China Business Council’s annual dinner party and awards. In his speech, he thanked the President of the U.S.-China Business Council, Marc N. Casper, for the introduction, “However, he forgot one thing. He didn’t introduce Ambassador Qin Gang as a ‘wolf warrior.'”
According to reports, Qin Gang hinted that he would return to China. He said: “Thank you everyone for supporting and helping me in my work.”
On July 28, 2021, Qin Gang went to Washington to take up the post of the Chinese ambassador to the United States. However, he could never officially hand his credentials to President Biden after taking office.
In the list of members of the Central Committee of the CCP’s 20th National Congress, Qin Gang became the only deputy minister-level official in the diplomatic system. Therefore, the outside world predicted he would become the next foreign minister of the CCP.
Qin Gang, 56 years old, has served in the CCP’s diplomatic system for more than 30 years and twice served as a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The foreign media also classed Qin Gang as a hard-line diplomacy person who had never held the post of an ambassador or any other position directly related to the U.S. It seems he won the trust of President Xi Jinping.
It is said that if Qin Gang, known as the “diplomatic wolf warrior,” is appointed foreign minister of the CCP, it could affect future U.S.-China relations.
Qin Gang has been treated “coldly” in the U.S.
U.S. political news website Politico reported on November 2 that during his time as ambassador to the U.S. for more than a year, Qin Gang was treated “coldly” by the Biden administration and met only a handful of U.S. officials. This could further complicate relations between the U.S. and China.
Qin Gang relied on U.S. business advisor Juleanna Glover to establish ties with Washington and recently had met with U.S. senior positions.
According to NTDTV, relevant sources revealed that Qin Gang’s “cold” treatment was an act of “reciprocity” by Washington because the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) prevented the U.S. ambassador in Beijing from meeting Chinese officials.
A former U.S. government official said Qin Gang had expressed frustration with many people, arguing that the Biden administration does not want to see him as an essential communication channel with Xi Jinping.
Ding Shufan, professor emeritus of the Institute of East Asian Studies at the National Taiwan Political University, told NTDTV that this reflects the bad state of U.S.-China relations.
AsiaNews reported that Qin Gang would likely become the CCP’s next foreign minister. But the appointment is not meant to improve U.S.-China relations. On the contrary, even in China, he is accused of going too far in defending Xi Jinping’s policies and thus losing his ability to establish genuine relationships with the U.S. political elite. Meanwhile, Cui Tiankai, Qin Gang’s predecessor, succeeded in this.
The CCP’s “wolf warrior” diplomacy has come under global criticism recently, making the country increasingly isolated internationally.
Qin Gang often makes statements in the style of a wolf warrior. For example, in February 2021, when Qin Gang, who was in charge of European affairs at the time, was confronted by European reporters questioning the CCP’s “wolf warrior diplomacy,” Qin Gang used the “evil wolf warrior diplomacy” approach to criticize Western countries’ criticism of the CCP.
According to RFI, in August 2021, Qin Gang, China’s ambassador to the United States, who had only been in office for a month, spoke during a private meeting via Zoom organized by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations that: “If we have no way to resolve our differences, please keep your mouth shut.”