China has not intentions of accepting that it might be playing a dirty political game that is hurting its long-term trade relations with many countries together. Instead, it has come up with the concept of wolf warriors, a breed of diplomats who will respond back to accusations and insults against the Beijing in the most diplomatic manner.
Making a public declaration of this new fighting back strategy, foreign minister Wang Yi said that China would respond to “deliberate insults.” Speaking to the CNN he said, “We never pick a fight or bully others. However, we have principles and guts. We will push back against any deliberate insult, resolutely defend our national honor and dignity, and we will refute all groundless slander with facts.”
The Wolf Warrior takes to the social media and hits back anyone who responds negatively towards the Communist Party or China. It is a subtle attack, similar to what Mr. Trump has been following as a tactic to get back at his critics.
Inspired from a movie that has shown China fighting for its own in another part of the world, the movie’s tagline has been taken literally by the diplomatic fraternity in Beijing.
An early comparison between the film series and China’s diplomats came in July 2019, when Zhao Lijian, then a counselor at the Chinese embassy in Pakistan, began to hit back hard against the US government on Twitter. The statements were widely criticized by the then Obama administration, especially, the national security advisor, Susan Rice. An early comparison between the film series and China’s diplomats came in July 2019, when Zhao Lijian, then a counselor at the Chinese embassy in Pakistan, began to hit back hard against the US government on Twitter.
Another to add to the list is China’s ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming who has used Twitter regularly to hit back against critics of Beijing in Europe. The tactic used is China’s way to show as to how aggressive they can be in their diplomacy. However, there is indecision within the circles itself and it seems that the Chinese government itself does not want to be seen as a pack of ‘wolf warriors’ after all.
While some diplomats think this is a good way to put people like Trump back into their place, political analysts feel this tactic wouldn’t last long.
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