“I have respect for Kreckler (Luis María), it was a question of militant pragmatism,” he justified. Alberto Fernandez the departure of the Argentine ambassador in China after the failed negotiations to access the vaccine produced by geopolitical instruction from Xi Jinping. The President signed the decree on Tuesday that formalizes the departure of the diplomat from the Argentine headquarters in Beijing.
“Transfer from the Embassy of the Republic in the People’s Republic of China to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship, to Mr. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Luis María Kreckler”: In this way the government ended its mission in Beijing. He Decree 1049/2020, published today in the Official bulletin, in addition to that of Alberto Fernández, it bears the signatures of the Chief of Staff, Santiago Cafiero and the chancellor, Felipe Solá.
A career diplomat and sociologist, with experience as ambassador to Brazil, Germany and Switzerland, Kreckler leaves China in the midst of negotiations with Beijing to obtain 30 million doses of the vaccine produced in that country and a few months into the President’s trip to May to the nation ruled by Xi Jinping.
In addition, Kreckler held other key positions: he was Secretary of Commerce and Economic Relations of the Foreign Ministry, consul in Los Angeles and Panama, and alternate representative of Argentina before the Organization of American States (OAS). After making his displacement official, Kreckler has 45 days to return to Buenos Aires.
Instead, the one chosen by the President in Sabino Vaca Narvaja. Speaking to Public Television last night, Alberto Fernández justified the change of ambassadors: “I tried to simplify things, I have a very direct link with Sabino Vaca Narvaja which has shown me in these months to be an extraordinary executor of what Argentina needs in China ”. “He is not someone with a diplomatic career, but he has studied China for years, he knows how it works like few people in Argentina”, he stressed.
The brand new ambassador, who has not yet been made official, remains for his nomination to be sent to the Senate, which would deal with his statement via zoom in January. Then Vaca Narvaja will be at the forefront of setting up the agenda for Alberto Fernández’s visit to China, scheduled for May. The President would hold at least two bilateral meetings with Xi Jinping to discuss the global context and relations between the two countries.
Meanwhile, Narvaja Cow will complete a business deal that Kreckler worked on. It is about implementing the memorandum of understanding that his predecessor negotiated with the president of Sinopharm, Liu Jingzhen, to ensure the provision of Chinese vaccines during 2021. He establishes: the provision of 15 million vaccines, of which one million doses would arrive in January, another 12 in March and the rest during 2021.
The price is still being negotiated, but Sinopharm will take into account that Argentina has agreed to do Phase 3 tests with local volunteers together with the Hospita Foundation. Transportation is the responsibility of the Government and will be done through Aerolineas Argentinas.
Vaca Narvaja is now negotiating with Sinopharm to get the agreement with Argentina announced at the beginning of January. It is about coordinating the signing of the official contract, the technical permits from the Chinese authorities and the ANMAT, and the transportation of the first million doses of the vaccine that would take place by the middle of next month.
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