Power Play

New envoys, new hope for US-China relations?

Beijing and Washington are expected to appoint new ambassadors and all eyes are on how effective they would be, with both countries engaging in greater strategic competition.

Seasoned diplomat Nicholas Burns (left), 65, is being considered for the role of US ambassador to China, and China’s Vice-Foreign Minister Qin Gang, 55, has been tipped to be the next ambassador to the US. PHOTOS: ST FILE, EPA-EFE

Power Play is a weekly column that looks at various facets of US-China rivalry and its implications for Asia.

China and the United States are expected to send new envoys to each other's countries soon, refreshing the slate with two highly experienced and well-regarded career diplomats.

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