October 25, 2023

China's Senior Officials Formally Banished From Elite Politics

Source: Newsweek

Journalist: Micah McCartney

"While Li Shangfu's removal is certainly interesting given other recent high-level removals in the PRC's national security apparatus, I doubt that it will have much effect in the near term on the US-China defense relationship—mostly because of a fact made clear in a recent [Department of Defense] report on the Chinese military: they're not interested in talking," Thomas Shugart, adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security think tank, told Newsweek.

Current Foreign Minister Wang Yi is heading to Washington for a state visit from Thursday to Saturday at the invitation of Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Wang's visit is widely regarded as a prelude to a possible Biden-Xi meeting, most likely during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in San Francisco next month.

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  • Tom Shugart

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Defense Program

    Thomas Shugart is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). His research focuses on undersea warfare and maritime com...