China’s State Council information office, as well as its defense and foreign ministries, did not respond to a request for comment on the event in Vietnam. The Vietnamese embassy in Beijing could not be reached for comment.
The abrupt cancellation of Li’s trip follows China’s unexplained replacement of Foreign Minister Qin Gang in July after a prolonged public absence and a shake-up in government leadership. People’s Liberation ArmyRocket Force’s elite in recent months, moves that have raised questions about the Chinese leadershipdecision making. Li was last seen in Beijing on August 29, giving a speech at a security forum with African countries. Reuters