Amid renewed tensions, a new Chinese ambassador has arrived in the US

Xie Feng, who landed in Washington on Tuesday, said he was ready to face “serious challenges” in Sino-US relations.

Via Le Figaro with AFP

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Xie Feng upon arrival at New York Airport on May 23, 2023. Brendan MCDERMID/REUTERS

A new Chinese ambassador arrived in the U.S. on Tuesday, “”Heavy responsibility“to administer”serious challenges» that The relationship between the two superpowers.

Xie Feng, a longtime career diplomat in Washington, arrived in New York on Tuesday, the Chinese embassy said in a statement. He replaces the outgoing Queen Gang as Foreign Minister. “Currently, Sino-US relations are facing serious issues and serious challenges.Mr. Xie told reporters at the airport, according to the report.

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I feel both a glorious sense of duty and a heavy responsibility. My colleagues and I will face difficulties, accept our responsibilities and fulfill our mission.“, he added.

Always difficult relationships

US Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns said, “Farewell party“Before he goes to Mr. Shee”We navigate an even more difficult relationship between the US and China“, he said on Twitter. “I look forward to working with him in his new role.added the US diplomat. According to his official biography, the 59-year-old Mr. Xie hails from the wealthy province of Jiangsu (East). He was previously Deputy Foreign Minister and the Ministry’s representative in Hong Kong.

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An engineer by training, he has worked in foreign affairs since at least 1986, spending a long time in the ministry’s North American Affairs Office. He served two stints in Washington in the early 2000s before becoming ambassador to Indonesia. Relations between China and the US have soured in recent years due to tensions over trade, technology, human rights and the Taiwan issue.

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