Last seen in public in June of last year: The resignation of a former Chinese minister as a member of parliament

The news was published before the annual session of the Chinese Parliament, which gathers around 3.000 deputies, begins in Beijing next week.

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Former Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang, who was dismissed from that position last year and was last seen in public in June last year, has resigned from his parliamentary seat, the state news agency reported.

Qin Gang, 57, who was considered a close associate of Chinese President Xi Jinping, came to head the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in December 2022, but was replaced seven months later.

His dismissal came as a surprise, and the authorities have not released any explanation for it.

Qin Gang was last seen in public on June 25 last year, when he met with diplomats from Russia, Vietnam and Sri Lanka.

He retained his seat as a representative in the Parliament, a body controlled by the ruling Communist Party of China.

"Qin Gang's resignation has been accepted," the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported yesterday.

The news was published before the annual session of the Chinese Parliament, which gathers around 3.000 deputies, begins in Beijing next week.

Wang Yi, who had been a minister before Qin Gang, returned to that post after Qin's removal. Wang Yi is also the highest official in charge of diplomatic relations in the Chinese Communist Party.

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