Iceland China’s ‘reliable friend, partner’: new ambassador

We mark this slow-news day by pointing to a Xinhua article about what Zhang Weidong 张卫东, the newly appointed Chinese ambassador to Iceland, said at a reception in Reykjavík meant to celebrate China’s National Day.

Mr Zhang praised the friendly relations between the two countries and emphasised that Iceland was the first European country to sign a free trade agreement with China, in effect since July 1.

He doesn’t seem to have said much about his predecessor loose lips. Ma ‘Blubbermouth‘ Jisheng 马继生, the previous envoy, is accused of having leaked state secrets to Japan. He worked there for some time under then-ambassador Wang Yi 王毅, who has since become the foreign minister.

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