Qi Yu has been appointed as the Chinese foreign ministry’s new Communist Party chief, surprising many insiders. Photo: Xinhua

Diplomatic novice picked for top Communist Party job at China’s foreign ministry amid deteriorating relations with US

  • Qi Yu is parachuted in from the party’s personnel wing as President Xi Jinping continues to shake up his foreign affairs team
  • Appointment puts Qi just below Foreign Minister Wang Yi and top-ranking diplomat Yang Jiechi.
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Qi Yu has been appointed as the Chinese foreign ministry’s new Communist Party chief, surprising many insiders. Photo: Xinhua
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Shi Jiangtao

Shi Jiangtao

A former diplomat, Shi Jiangtao has worked as a China reporter at the Post for more than a decade. He's interested in political, social and environmental development in China.

Jun Mai

Jun Mai

Jun Mai is an award-winning journalist covering China's political and social news. He writes about China's elite politics, general policies and social activism. He is currently based in Beijing.