U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced today, September 14, about the change of the American ambassador to China. Terry Barnstead, who has served as head of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Beijing since July 2017, will leave his post.
“I thank Ambassador Terry Branstead for his more than three years of service to the American people as U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China,” Pompeo wrote on Twitter, reports Reuters. – Ambassador Brandstead has helped restore balance in the U.S.-Chinese relationship so that they were result-oriented, mutual, and fair.
The chief of the State Department, however, did not specify the reason for taking a personnel decision in the Chinese direction.
According to a diplomatic source of CNN TV channel, Branstead will leave Beijing before the presidential elections in the United States on November 3.
Recall that the problems in relations between the U.S. and China, which traditionally include a trade war between the two major world economies, China’s territorial disputes with neighbors in the South China Sea, where the Americans are trying to “patrol the freedom of navigation,” the issues of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Tibet, recently added to the confrontation between Washington and Beijing around the origin of coronavirus Covid-19. The U.S. continues to suspect China of creating the virus, the spread of which led to a global pandemic, in a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan. In addition, earlier controversies between the United States and China over how the media covered the Covid-19 pandemic. The U.S. demanded that a number of Chinese state-run media outlets reduce the number of journalists working in the U.S., which led to the actual expulsion of 60 Chinese media workers from the country. In turn, China demanded that U.S. citizens who worked for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post give up their press credentials, which also forced U.S. journalists to leave the country. In addition, the U.S. and China have tightened mutual requirements for journalists by requiring a report on the number of employees, finances, and other aspects of journalism offices on their territory.