German Chancellor’s Confidant And Ambassador Dies In China

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent

(Worthy News) – The German ambassador to who was a confidant of Chancellor has suddenly died, the Foreign Ministry confirmed Monday.

Jan Hecker had only been in the ambassadorial role for a few days after his family arrived in August, officials said.

The 54-year-old previously worked as a foreign policy adviser to German Chancellor Merkel.

No reasons were announced for his death which comes amid Western tensions with China over the origins of the , , and Chinese activities near Taiwan.

Ministry spokeswoman Andrea Sasse said, however, “there are no indications that the death is connected to Ambassador Hecker’s political function.”

His death marks a problematic moment for where Merkel is due to step down after more than 20 years at the helm, leaving it up to her successor to maintain a guarded relationship with China.

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