Details of Yang Jiechi’s infighting with Wang Yi revealed in rare US-China talks

Details of the rare infighting between Yang Jiechi and Wang Yi also came to light during the U.S.-China talks.

During the U.S.-China High-Level Dialogue held in Alaska recently, not only did the war-wolf remarks of Yang Jiechi, Director of the Foreign Affairs Office and member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China, and Wang Yi, Foreign Minister of the Communist Party of China, draw international attention, but details of their rare infighting were also revealed during the talks.

The first official meeting between the U.S. and China since the Biden administration took office has come to a close in Alaska on the evening of March 19. In the meeting, Yang Jiechi, director of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Communist Party of China (CPC), expressed his position to U.S. Secretary of State Blinken in a “battle wolf” stance, and shocked the international community with his criticism of the United States.

During this period, Yang Jiechi and Wang Yi’s apparent signals of discord were also captured by the media. During the first round of the Sino-US meeting on March 18, Yang called Wang Yi by his full name without his title in front of the US representative, which was considered a breach of diplomatic etiquette.

And after the third round of talks on March 19, there was an even more rare scene. After the Chinese delegation emerged from the conference room, Wang Yi told Chinese reporters, “Can you wait a few minutes? I’ll discuss it with Lao Yang.”

Wang Yi, in a public forum, called his top boss Yang Jiechi, who is three years older than him, “Lao Yang”. The outside world thought: This is so unusual!

In addition, Wang Yi also gave Yang Jiechi a hard Time during the talks. After Yang opened the first round of talks with a breathless rant for about 17 minutes, he turned his head and gestured to Wang Yi, “You say a few words.

Unexpectedly, Wang Yi immediately pointed to the interpreter, meaning, “Can’t you translate your words first?

This scene was described as having the effect of Yang Jiechi being ready to give a curtain call when Wang Yi suddenly withdrew the steps under his feet and fell on all fours in public, which not only made a fool of himself but also drew ridicule from the outside world.

Some netizens said that the Chinese side’s war-wolf style opening speech was purely an act for their own people.

Some netizens also thought that “Yang Jiechi was holding back his anger” really grabbed the ground with his toes in embarrassment for Yang Jiechi, and ridiculed Yang Jiechi for moving stones to smash his own feet, “If Yang Jiechi had brought a minister when he called Wang Yi, Wang might have hinted that the interpreter should not turn it over” “Wang Yi and Yang Jiechi obviously have a problem.”

Yang Jiechi studied in Britain and served as ambassador to the United States for 12 years, speaking fluent English. Both Yang Jiechi and Wang Yi are known for standing up for the tyranny of the Chinese Communist Party in a war-wolf stance.

It is widely believed that it is highly unlikely that the two diplomatic veterans would slip up on such a major occasion, whether it was an inappropriate title or a letdown over translation, which was behind the infighting between the two men.

Yang Jiechi and Wang Yi acted out in Alaska, causing an uproar in international public opinion.

The combination of Yang Jiechi and Wang Yi visiting the U.S. is also rare in this high-level U.S.-China meeting.

“The Nikkei Asian Review said on the 18th that the rare combination of Yang Jiechi and Wang Yi indicates that the Chinese Communist Party leaders do not want to hold an ordinary foreign ministers’ meeting. There is growing speculation that the trip to Alaska, as Wang Yi and Yang Jiechi joined hands, could pave the way for Wang Yi to succeed Yang in his role in the future.

The report said the travel arrangement could be related to personnel changes at next year’s Communist Party congress.

Wang Yi, 67, is not a member of the Politburo. According to the provincial ministerial line, he has to retire at 65. Since Wang Yi holds the title of state councilor, he is considered a deputy state level and can retire at 70.

Yang Jiechi, now 70, was once the Communist Party’s Foreign Minister and later became the Communist Party’s State Councillor and the Director of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Communist Party’s Central Committee. Yang Jiechi is regarded as a member of Jiang Zemin’s faction and was already plagued by negative scandals in his early years.

The January 2014 issue of the Hong Kong media magazine Controversy had claimed that Yang Jiechi had made a malpractice check to the central government, admitting that he had allowed corruption to occur during his tenure, that violations had continued to occur, and that the department’s party discipline and political discipline were lax and its style was corrupt, and offered to take the blame and resign.

The April 2018 issue of Hong Kong’s Outpost had revealed that the Communist Party’s diplomatic system has a mountain of factions. The factions are in collusion with each other. One of them, the Northern Second Foreign Affairs faction led by Wang Yi, had sent a letter to the central government to expose that Yang Jiechi’s doctorate was a fake.

The letter said that Yang Jiechi’s on-the-job postgraduate studies in world history at the Department of History of Nanjing University were extremely watery, and reported that Yang was not doing his job, neglecting his duties and watching Western movies and videos with romance and pornography in his office.

Wang Yi was also reported to have a fake degree. He was reported that his master’s degree in economics from Nankai University and doctorate in international relations from the Foreign Affairs Institute were fake, the so-called on-the-job study and distance learning, without systematic and comprehensive and serious study, but only with the use of authority Foreign Affairs Institute belongs to the subordinate units of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take advantage of trickery, etc.

However, with Xi Jinping‘s rising foreign expansionist voice since he came to power. Both Yang Jiechi and Wang Yi have been reappointed for selling their loyalty. It is said that Yang’s series of performance in this Sino-US dialogue may come from Xi Jinping’s authorization, otherwise, he would not dare to be so arrogant.