Qin Gang, formerly China’s ambassador to the USA, was appointed foreign minister of China less than seven months ago, replacing Wang Yi, who had been set to retire. But ever since 25 June, Qin has not been seen at any official public engagement. Indeed, he has not been seen in public at all. Today, in an unexplained move, China formally removed Qin Gang from his post and replace him with Wang Yi (ref. 1).
The last thing Qin did was meet with Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko in Beijing. A few days earlier, Qin met with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, also in Beijing.
The government’s silence has fuelled speculation among Chinese netizens – everything from a power struggle concerning the direction of China’s foreign policy, to a criminal corruption investigation, to an extramarital affair with a journalist working for Hong Kong based “Phoenix TV” has been suggested.
What is clear is that Qin Gang, having lived in America for a while, a land now plagued by demons (ref. Revelation 18:2), had come to esteem and favour the USA. As China’s Ambassador to the USA, he once said that he was “deeply impressed” by America and he pledged to build a “stronger relationship” between China and America (ref. 2).
I think, Qin’s political fall, as unexpected and abrupt as his elevation, reveals the contest going on for the future of China. The proverbial angel on one shoulder and demon on the other is something I have brought up before.
One well known thing Qin did when he took control of China’s Foreign Ministry was to demote and effectively banish Zhao Lijian, who had come to acquire the epithet “wolf warrior”. Zhao was hawkishly pro China, and never one to give ground to America or the west.
Incidentally, the 2015 movie Wolf Warrior 2 features a scene where the Christian hymn “Amazing Grace” is sung as China’s PLA Navy intervenes in a situation and opens fire.
The African actress who sung Amazing Grace was cast in the movie because she happened to sing that song during the audition when asked to sing something. The director was so impressed by her voice that he changed the script to make the scene fit the song (ref. 3).
The prophecy of the day of the east wind speaks of a time when the Devil will lose his power over the sea.
In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea. In that day sing ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine… he stayeth his rough wind in the day of the east wind.Isaiah 27:1-8
Only China which fields a weapon system designated 东风 Dong Feng, which literally means “East Wind”, can fulfil the prophecy of the day of the east wind. The prize is the mainland’s reunification with Taiwan once and for all, and beyond that, security for the Belt and Road programme, and the prosperity that comes with it. This is China’s destiny.
300: Rise of an Empire (2014), based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel Xerxes, tells of the destiny of the Greeks, circa Alexander the Great. It is foretold in the Bible, in Daniel 8, that the he-goat from the west with the notable horn would defeat the ram, and so when the time came for the two to fight, it happened.
And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power. And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.Daniel 8:5-7
I am sure everyone at that time thought Medo-Persia, the existing superpower, would prevail. But the Greeks, given the new military technology of the phalanx by the LORD of hosts, carried the day. The Greeks embraced fate and seized their glory!
Did you know? in the course of history, the Italians have had their moment – the red banner of Rome against the likes of Carthage and Gaul. The Franks have had theirs too – the Battle of Tours which saved Europe from the Umayyad Caliphate. Not to mention, the First Crusade, largely fought by Frankish knights. The British, of course, even when they stopped wearing their redcoats – the liberation of Jerusalem from the Ottomans during WWI, and the 2nd Battle of El Alamein which kept Egypt and Jerusalem free from Hitler during WWII. Then, there are the Russians – the USSR’s victory over Nazi Germany. The USSR was the first to liberate the likes of Auschwitz. And even the Americans have had their moment in history – the miracle of the Battle of Midway and America’s subsequent victory over Imperial Japan. That was before the USA overthrew the Iraq of Saddam Hussein to become the new and final Babylon, a kingdom of Satan.
But China, for all of its history, a civilisation that began over three thousand and five hundred years ago, has not yet done anything glorious. China exists, and has become what it is today, not by chance but rather because it is the will of God. It is not for nothing that right now China fields the world’s largest and most powerful navy (ref. Isaiah 27:1-8) and China can muster an army two hundred million strong (ref. Joel 2:11, Revelation 9:16).
China began as a civilisation at the time of the Shang dynasty by worshipping 上帝 Shang Di. The emperors of ancient China even practised a “border sacrifice”, along the lines of a Jewish temple ritual. This also explains why there is Christian theology and history embedded in Chinese characters: 船, and 义 or 義. It is also not chance that Confucianism matches Christian morality. However, the Devil did start to usurp China around the time of the Tang dynasty, and by the time of the Ming dynasty with the “dragon throne” and all that, China was all but gone. Spiritually, it had fallen. But then, out of the blue, an unlikely group of peasants retook the country in the name of the people of China.
So, this is it. China’s moment and raison d’etre is fast approaching. China must do this thing for itself and for the world!
Hast thou given the horse [China] strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder? … He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength… He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth [atheists] he that it is the sound of the trumpet.Job 39:19-24
There is a time for peace and a time for war. The enemy must die so that others may live.
And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.Revelation 21:24
1. Kathleen Calderwood (26 July 2023), “China replaces missing foreign minister Qin Gang with Wang Yi”, abc.net.au
2. Bloomberg (2 January 2023), “China’s Foreign Minister Says Deeply Impressed With Americans”, bloomberg.com
3. “Wolf Warrior 2 Amazing Grace”, youtube.com/watch?v=QooWHK0E6GY