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China’s moderate shift may disappear along with Qin Gang

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The abrupt removal of China’s foreign minister, Qin Gang, has raised questions about the implications for China’s diplomacy.

 

Despite his “wolf warrior” reputation, Qin demonstrated a softer approach during his time as ambassador to the US, engaging in sports and advocating for a nuanced relationship between the superpowers.

His appointment as foreign minister was perceived as a move to present a more moderate image of China, but he had limited influence on actual foreign policy decisions.

The ultimate authority rested with Wang Yi, who held the top diplomatic position in China’s party-centric hierarchy as the head of the Communist Party’s foreign affairs commission.

With Wang Yi assuming the role of foreign minister, China aims to signal continuity and reassure the global community that it is business as usual.

International charm offensive

Wang is known for orchestrating international charm offensives and is expected to focus on repairing US-China relations, especially in light of a possible visit by President Xi to the US. However, doubts persist about Wang’s long-term tenure, with many considering him a temporary replacement while Xi searches for someone to ease his workload.

The sudden removal of Qin Gang without explanation has sent a troubling message and raised questions about Xi’s judgment. It has implications for the Chinese Communist Party’s image both abroad and internally, as it highlights leadership instability, possible policy disagreements, and a lack of transparency in high-level official promotions.

Reappointing Wang Yi to signal continuity has been seen as nonsensical, as it reminds foreign partners that Chinese officials can vanish without warning, and their contributions become nullified.

The episode also underscores the distance between the Chinese diplomats often interacted with by foreign governments and companies and the true centers of power in China.

It serves as a reminder that Xi Jinping remains the decisive actor in Beijing. While Qin Gang’s downfall may not significantly impact foreign relations, it has left China with a red face, as it struggles to manage the fallout and maintain a confident image on the global stage.

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Ford’s all-electric plan for Europe proves too challenging to achieve by 2030

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Ford has revised its plan to go fully electric in Europe by 2030, admitting it was too ambitious.

Originally aiming to transition entirely to electric vehicles, the automaker now plans to continue producing some internal combustion engine vehicles alongside electric ones.

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Democrats scramble to rally behind Harris as Trump allies launch next phase of campaign

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Biden Withdraws: President Joe Biden Ends Reelection Bid, Endorses Kamala Harris.

 

After weeks of battling to salvage his political career – claiming he wouldn’t be stepping down after a disastrous debate performance – the president’s sudden change of course was not announced through an Oval Office address or a campaign speech. Instead, it was revealed in a letter posted to social media while he was recovering from Covid-19 at his beach house in Delaware.

“And while it has been my intention to seek reelection, I believe it is in the best interest of my party and the country for me to stand down and to focus solely on fulfilling my duties as President for the remainder of my term,” Biden wrote in a letter posted to X.

Harris expressed her gratitude for Biden’s endorsement, stating she is “honoured” and committed to “earning and winning” the nomination. Should she secure the nomination, Harris would make history as the first Black woman and first Asian American to lead the ticket of a major political party. To facilitate her candidacy, the Biden-Harris campaign has updated its filings with the Federal Election Commission, renaming its principal committee to reflect Harris’s new status as a presidential candidate.

Despite Biden’s support, the path forward remains uncertain. It is unclear whether Harris will automatically become the nominee or what alternative processes the Democratic Party might consider. Additionally, sources suggest that Senator Joe Manchin, an independent from West Virginia, is contemplating re-registering as a Democrat to enter the presidential race.

In response to Biden’s withdrawal, former President Donald Trump criticised Biden as “the worst president by far in the history of our country” during a call with CNN. Trump has also launched a fundraising appeal to rally his supporters.

 

 

 

 

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Trump allies launch campaign against Kamala Harris as he boasts an easier victory

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Donald Trump has said he thinks Kamala Harris will be easier to beat than Joe Biden.

With Biden out, Trump’s campaign will now adjust its strategy, focusing on attacking Harris and any other possible Democratic candidates. They aim to convince voters that Harris would be just as ineffective as Biden.

Biden faced growing doubts about his ability to win re-election, especially after a weak debate performance against Trump. Some Democrats also lost confidence in his leadership, leading him to step down.

Donald Trump said he thinks Kamala Harris will be easier to defeat than Biden. Trump and his team quickly began attacking both Biden and Harris online, claiming that Biden was not fit to be president and that Harris would be just as bad.

Allies of former President Donald Trump quickly launched their campaign against Vice President Kamala Harris on Sunday afternoon, preparing a series of anti-Harris ads and planning their strategies for attacking her.

“I call her laughing Kamala,” Trump told the crowd, during his nearly two-hour appearance. “You can tell a lot by a laugh. She’s crazy. She’s nuts.”

 

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