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Beijing to shake up foreign-policy team

Updated: 2013-03-12 11:24
(The Wall Street Journal)

Quote from The Wall Street Journal:

"China is expected to promote Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi to a position overseeing the country's diffuse foreign-policy apparatus this week, part of a major shake-up of its diplomatic leadership at a time of rising military tensions with Japan and uncertainty over the direction of ties with the U.S.

Mr. Yang is likely to succeed Dai Bingguo as state councilor responsible for foreign affairs—the country's top diplomatic position—according to Chinese foreign-policy scholars and diplomats in Beijing. Among his most pressing challenges will be managing relations with Washington and coordinating the behavior of interest groups such as the military and state-owned enterprises, which have become important foreign-policy actors but at times drive conflicting agendas."