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China's Longest-Serving U.S. Ambassador To Retire As Tensions Grow

Cui Tiankai reportedly announced he was leaving his position in a farewell letter on Tuesday


Cui Tiankai, China’s longest-serving ambassador to the United States, reportedly announced he was leaving his position in a farewell letter on Tuesday as tensions grow between the United States and China.

“China-US relations are at a critical crossroads, with the US engaging in a new round of restructuring in its government policy towards China, and it is facing a choice between cooperation and confrontation,” Cui wrote in the farewell letter, the South China Morning Post reported.

“At this moment, overseas Chinese in the US have to shoulder a greater responsibility and mission, and I hope you will defend your right to be in the US and to develop your own interests, with the starting point of helping to safeguard the fundamental interests of the people in China and the US,” Cui continued.

Tensions between the United States and China have continued to grow as a result of China’s repeated theft of U.S. intellectual property, China’s genocide of Uyghur Muslims and Christians, and the COVID-19 pandemic, which appears to have been engineered in China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The Hill reported, “Relations between the U.S. and China are at one of their lowest points in decades, with President Biden focusing his foreign agenda on uniting allies and strengthening the U.S. position to compete with, and confront, a Chinese government that is working to establish its dominance on the world stage.”

The Hill added, “Cui’s tenure in Washington is considered more moderate compared to other Chinese diplomats, many of whom exemplified Beijing’s ‘wolf warrior’ diplomacy — a tactic to confront and attack the U.S. and other Western nations over their own shortcomings in an effort to distract from criticisms of China’s transparency over the COVID-19 pandemic, its human rights abuses and democratic rollbacks.”

Cui is expected to be replaced by Qin Gang, the current Vice Minister of foreign affairs of China.