“By suicide or torture”: they claim that the former Chinese Foreign Minister died in a military hospital in Beijing

Qin Gang (REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo) (THOMAS PETER/)

Qin Ganga former spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry who experienced a meteoric rise in his career until he became foreign minister, disappeared in late June this year, six months after taking office. Now the theory that he was dead seems to be confirmed.

Two people with access to senior Chinese officials who spoke to the media Political affirm that Qin died, either by suicide or torture, in late July at the Beijing military hospital that treats China’s top leaders.

Qin rose from China’s chief of protocol to vice foreign minister. He was then appointed ambassador to Washington in July 2021, and surprisingly, just 18 months later, promoted to foreign minister. This rapid rise was attributed by the Chinese bureaucracy to his close relationship and personal favor with the “central leader.”

On June 25 this year, just six months after taking office as minister, Qin held meetings in Beijing with the foreign ministers of Sri Lanka and Vietnam, as well as Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko. Later, he disappeared.

After his sudden disappearance, controversial stories emerged about Qin’s love affair with a journalist from the Chinese network. Phoenix TV call Fu Xiaotian. It was claimed that they had allegedly conceived a child who has US citizenship. These narratives circulated widely online, seemingly unopposed by Chinese cybercensors.

According to various sources with contacts in high government circles who spoke with PoliticalQin’s abrupt disappearance is linked to his participation in a large-scale scandal, related to the Minister of Defense and the generals in command of the China’s “rocket force,” in charge of the country’s nuclear weapons program.

FILE PHOTO.  The president of China, Xi Jinping (REUTERS/Carlos Barría/Pool)
FILE PHOTO. The president of China, Xi Jinping (REUTERS/Carlos Barría/Pool) (CARLOS BARRÍA/)

Almost simultaneously with the disappearance of Qin, the main commander of the rocket force, Li Yuchao, together with his deputy Liu Guangbin and the former deputy Zhang Zhenzhong, they also disappeared. Several senior and former officers of that force were detained, and at least one former deputy commander died of an unspecified illness, according to state media reports.

The missing commanders were eventually formally dismissed, being replaced by naval and air force officers, an unusual move given that the rocket force’s top leaders were often promoted internally. Shortly after officially acknowledging the rocket force purge, Li Shangfuappointed by Xi as Defense Minister in March of the same year, also disappeared, his formal dismissal being announced at the end of October.

The plot thickens with a terse state media report the day before the formal dismissal of Qin as foreign minister in July. The report indicated that Wang Shaojuncommander since 2015 of the Central Guard unit in charge of the security of the main Chinese leaders and responsible for the personal custody of President Xi, had died three months earlier due to “ineffective medical treatment.”

China’s nuclear weapons program has seen significant growth in recent years. According to informants with access to senior Chinese officials, Russian Deputy Minister Rudenko’s message to Xi included accusations that Qin and relatives of senior rocket force officers had facilitated the leak of Chinese nuclear secrets to Western intelligence agencies.

Two of these sources maintain that Qin passed away, either by suicide or tortureat the end of July at the Beijing military hospital.

The disturbing events of recent months have shaken the political elite of the Chinese regime, where any misstep by senior officials can mean a living death: joining the purge list of Xi Jinping.

The climate of paranoia spreads in the Chinese Communist Party. The mysterious disappearance of leaders, and then quietly announcing his departure from office, are reason enough to walk around watching your back. For Politicala death from a heart attack is similar to a “fall from a window” in Russia.