Hong Kong media said that Cui Tiankai, the Chinese ambassador to the United States, was supposed to end his term of office in the early days of Donald Trump's administration in 2017, but was asked to stay in office.Now, with Joe Biden (Joe Biden) on stage, news about Cui Tiankai's resignation has once again attracted attention.Who will be sent by Beijing to replace Cui Tiankai has also become the focus.
Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post reported on February 2 that when Beijing is considering who to send to Washington to replace Cui Tiankai, who has long served as ambassador to the United States, it will find someone who can reflect its current diplomatic approach: prudent and understand the United States, but They are firm and tough enough to implement the tougher foreign policy of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Zhu Zhiqun, director of the Institute of China Studies at Bucknell University in the United States, said: "Beijing definitely needs someone who can help and promote bilateral relations. The past few years have been very difficult, and it seems that both sides are willing to start again. This may be a good opportunity. ."
Analysts said that at this moment, other desirable qualities the Chinese ambassador needs include diplomatic personality, sense of humor, and a keen understanding of American politics.They added that at a time when the United States is increasingly wary of China, some form of self-deprecation may be more effective than a tough attitude.
Elizabeth Economy, a senior researcher at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, said: “No matter how many times people say that the United States does not understand China and China understands the United States, I think China often misunderstands the United States. In other words, if China’s policy continues like this, No amount of diplomatic activity will help."
Cui Tiankai may step down, a list of popular replacement candidates:
Sun Yun, director of the China Program at the Stimson Centre, a Washington think tank, said that China’s Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu is fully prepared for this position.She said that Ma Zhaoxu has the right level and experience.
Sun Yun added that Ma Zhaoxu is 11 years younger than Cui Tiankai, representing a younger generation. "People will expect different styles, although the theme of the bilateral relationship is unlikely to change."
James Green, a senior researcher at Georgetown University and former trade negotiator at the US Embassy in China, recalled working with Ma Zhaoxu, then director of the Policy Planning Department of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in 2007 and 2008.
Green said: "He is a very smart person, but I am shocked by his lack of economics knowledge." He added that Ma Zhaoxu is very dogmatic.
Green believes that the more likely candidate may be China's Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng.Le Yucheng has also held positions in the policy planning department, and he seems to have more interpersonal skills.
According to the report, American analysts believe that other possible candidates include Liu Jieyi, director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council of China, Fu Ying, a former senior Chinese diplomat, director of the Security and Strategic Research Center of Tsinghua University, and Cong Peiwu, Chinese Ambassador to Canada.
Prior to this, some people asked the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs about whether the Chinese ambassador to the United States will change.At the press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China on January 1, a reporter asked: "Ambassador Cui Tiankai has served as Chinese ambassador to the United States for 25 years, and the position of U.S. ambassador to China has been vacant since last year. China is currently rotating its ambassador to the United States. Are there new considerations on this matter?"
At that time, the spokesperson Zhao Lijian responded: “As for whether China will rotate its ambassador to the United States, I have no relevant information to provide you. China’s policy on Sino-US relations is consistent and clear.”
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