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Former Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang ousted after alleged affair, WSJ reports


(Reuters) – Former Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang, who was dismissed from his post in July, had an extramarital affair while serving as ambassador to the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people close to the case.

The report said Qin was cooperating with the investigation, which now focused on whether the affair or Qin’s conduct compromised China’s national security.

Senior Chinese officials were informed that an internal Communist Party investigation found that Qin was involved in the matter throughout his tenure as Chinese ambassador to the United States, according to the report. Two sources told the newspaper that the affair resulted in the birth of a child in the United States.

China’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on the WSJ report.

Qin was replaced by veteran diplomat Wang Yi in July as foreign minister after a mysterious month-long absence, just six months into his role.

He served as China’s top envoy to Washington from July 2021 to January this year.

(Reporting by Shubham Kalia in Bangalore; editing by Neil Fullick)