[Epoch Times September 12, 2021](Epoch Times reporter Lin Yan comprehensive report) The new Chinese ambassador to the United States, Qin Gang, shocked the attendees by making rude remarks when attending a private meeting recently.
The American conservative media “The National Review” reported on Friday (September 10) that Qin Gang was invited to attend a private Zoom meeting hosted by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR) on August 31. He told the U.S. The government sent a very rude message: “If we cannot resolve our differences, please shut up.”
Qin Gang only went to the United States in July. When he attended the meeting at the end of August, he delivered a speech on the status quo of Sino-US bilateral relations to a small group including the NCUSCR board of directors.
In the question-and-answer session that followed, Georgetown University professor Evan Medeiros, who served as the Director of China, Taiwan and Mongolia Affairs of the National Security Council in the Obama administration, asked what measures the United States and China can take to Improve bilateral relations.
Qin Gang, a former Deputy Foreign Minister and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, first replied that Washington should stop deteriorating the situation in order to create conditions for dialogue; then he said a very rude sentence: “If we cannot resolve our differences, please To shut up”.
The report said that according to a source familiar with the exchange, this shocked the participants. The report also said that Qin Gang’s tone of asking US officials to shut up was very lack of etiquette, but at the same time it also hinted that he would take a hard line in this position.
Qin Gang and the CCP’s embassy in Washington then described the meeting as a welcome event. The embassy released Ambassador Qin’s speech and some US media reported Qin Gang’s confrontational messages. In his speech, he once again continued the routine speech of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Communist Party of China, condemning Washington’s current China policy direction, and warned US leaders not to use the “Cold War script” to cause “catastrophic consequences.” However, the record of the question-and-answer session after the speech that day was not published on the Internet, nor did it appear in the newspapers.
The following week, Qin Gang visited the Juilliard School in Manhattan and met with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and PepsiCo CEO Ramon Laguarta. He was also invited to attend events hosted by American business people hosted by Kissinger and former Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew during the Obama era.
Qin Gang’s speech at this business event is largely consistent with the content that the CCP senior officials have communicated to their American counterparts in recent months. The report said that, in fact, Qin’s speech reminded people of Yang Jiechi, the highest diplomat of the Chinese Communist Party.
A spokesperson for the US State Department declined to comment on Qin Gang’s August 31 speech.
Li Mingjiang, associate professor of international relations at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, told Reuters that Qin Gang needs some time to establish his relations in the political, security and diplomatic circles of the United States. net. He estimated that “Qin may appear tougher than (former ambassador) Cui Tiankai when he comes into contact with the United States.”
“But given that Sino-US relations are now largely constrained by structural factors, such as domestic pressure and strategic competition, what an ambassador can do to influence the relationship between the two countries is limited,” he added.
The 55-year-old Qin Gang has long served as a concierge at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Communist Party of China. Qin Gang joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Communist Party of China in 1988; from 2006 to 2014, he served as the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Communist Party of China twice; in 2018, he was promoted to deputy minister, mainly in charge of news and protocol work, and planned various diplomatic activities for Xi Jinping.
In recent years, he has accompanied Xi Jinping on many overseas trips and has become Xi Jinping’s trusted assistant. At the same time, he is also recognized as one of the spokespersons of “War Wolf”.
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