The Evolution of China’s ‘Wolf Warrior’ Diplomats

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying during a daily briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing, Sept. 1, 2020 (AP photo by Andy Wong).
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying during a daily briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing, Sept. 1, 2020 (AP photo by Andy Wong).
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Like their counterparts from around the world, Chinese diplomats tend to be well-credentialed, sophisticated, multilingual and knowledgeable about their host countries and institutions. Yet an increasing number of Chinese envoys and officials are adopting a stridently nationalistic, even belligerent tone in their official statements. Some of these “wolf warrior” diplomats, have even shown a willingness to spread conspiracy theories or use doctored images in order to score points. While this aggressive behavior often plays well back home, it tends to undermine the traditional goals of diplomacy by hardening foreign attitudes toward China. Peter Martin, a Bloomberg reporter who was previously […]

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