Another ‘Wolf Warrior’ Controversy Strains China’s Ties With Europe

Another ‘Wolf Warrior’ Controversy Strains China’s Ties With Europe
China’s ambassador to Paris, Lu Shaye, speaks at an inauguration ceremony in Paris, France, Feb. 1, 2020 (Sipa photo by Florent Bardos via AP Images).

BEIJING—In a rare move, China’s Foreign Ministry has publicly distanced itself from statements made by a sitting ambassador. While appearing as a guest on a French political talk show Friday, Lu Shaye—the PRC’s top envoy in Paris—suggested that none of the former Soviet republics are recognized under international law.

In answering a question about Crimea’s status, Lu claimed the countries that emerged from the breakup of the Soviet Union “do not have effective status … under international law, because there is no international accord to concretize their status as sovereign countries.”

The remarks sparked outrage among the Baltic states, Ukraine and France, among others.

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